Community members across the coastal curve lined up to support and watch area law enforcement escorting the body of deceased Kingsville Police Officer Sherman Otto Benys Jr. of back home in Kingsville Thursday afternoon.
The procession began at the Nueces County Medical Examiner’s Office in Corpus Christi and passed the Kingsville Police Department on its way to Turcotte Piper Mortuary.
Benys died early Thursday at Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial from a gunshot wound, according to a Facebook post from the Kingsville Police Department.
He was gunned down on Monday while responding to a family dispute in Block 300 of South Wanda.
Police said some officers had started rescuing the injured officer, while others were chasing the fleeing suspect.
The suspect was eventually apprehended and taken into police custody.
The suspect, who is on the Kleberg County Sheriff’s Office online detainee list, has been identified as Alfredo DeLeon, 40.
Police said the investigation into the incident was ongoing and could be completed in the coming weeks.
Benys’ funeral is pending.
âChief Ricardo Torres, the Kingsville Police Department officer and staff, and the family of Patroller Benys have been overwhelmed by the support of our law enforcement brothers and sisters and the citizens of the area for their prayers, their blood and their cash donations, âthe KPD’s message continued.
The police chief has asked the community to keep Benys’ wife Vicky, daughter Breanne, son Benjamin and daughter Bailey “in your prayers for the next few days.”
Joe MuÃ±oz, president of the Kingsville Police Department Former Officers and Employees organization, told the Caller-Times on Thursday that the organization has now increased its GoFundMe goal to $ 50,000 to support the Benys family in the days and the coming weeks.
If you would like to support the Benys family, you can go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-sherman-benys-family?utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer.
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