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Hill County constable shot during police chase that ended in shootout near Alvarado; 1 suspect dead

One suspect died and another remains in the hospital after Thursday night's chase. The constable is expected to be OK, per police officials.

ALVARADO, Texas — Updated at 11:45 a.m. Friday to reflect that one of the suspects has died. 

Two suspects were taken into custody and a Hill County constable was hospitalized following a dicey chase that ended in a gunfight Thursday evening on I-35W near Alvarado, Dallas police officials said. 

One of the suspects, 19-year-old Adrian Murillo, died overnight. The other suspect, Hector Murillo, 19, remains hospitalized, officials stated in a news release Friday morning.   

Adrian and Hector, according to officials, were being followed by undercover officers, who asked for a traffic stop to be done in Ellis County by uniformed police when the suspects drove through that area.

Per a department spokesperson, that's when the suspect vehicle took off and a chase began. 

During the chase, one or both suspects fired at pursuing agencies, the spokesperson said. 

At one point, a constable from Hill County got involved in the pursuit and was shot. The Burleson Police Department identified him as retired officer Kevin Cordell and released the following statement via Facebook Thursday evening: 

"Please pray for retired Burleson PD officer and current Hill County Constable Kevin Cordell, who was shot this afternoon in a vehicle chase, that ended in Alvarado. Constable Cordell was assisting another agency that was pursuing two suspects when he was shot. The suspects were later taken into custody."

The Chisholm Trail 100 Club of Johnson County established a donation link at https://www.ct100.org/Special-Officer-Donations/ or submit checks payable to Chisholm Trail 100 Club with memo note of Hill County Constable Shooting and Mail to: Chisholm Trail 100 Club, PO Box 332, Burleson, TX 76097." 

Credit: Burleson PD

Cordell was taken to an area hospital and is expected to be OK, per the Texas Department of Public Safety. He remains hospitalized as of Friday morning. 

Adrian and Hector's vehicle crashed Thursday afternoon on the southbound I-35W service road near County Road 604 after an officer performed a pit maneuver to stop the car. 

Credit: WFAA

While the vehicle was disabled, the spokesperson said that Adrian and Hector continued to shoot at officers arriving at the finish line of the chase. 

That spokesperson said that officers from other agencies returned fire. 

Eventually, Adrian and Hector gave up and were hospitalized, the Dallas Police Department said. 

I-35 was closed in both directions during the aftermath of the shootout, but it was later reopened. The service road where the gunfight occurred was also shut down for hours as the Texas Rangers and federal authorities went to investigate. 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives were seen arriving at the scene by WFAA. 

It's also unknown how many officers were involved in the shootout and what agencies opened fire. 

This is a developing story. Download our free WFAA app to stay up-to-date on all news stories in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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