Officer and suspect both die in shootout

On Wednesday night, a shooting in the small town of Cameron, TX quickly escalated and ended up leaving two people dead.

It all began when police were summoned to a report of a shooting in the 700 block of North Travis. A woman witnessing the incident called to say her partner had inflicted an injury to her neck.

Cameron PD quickly went to the reported address on East 7th Street. However, when law enforcement officers arrived, they were surprised to find the suspect waiting with a firearm, ready to fire. Sgt. Joshua Lee Clouse encountered the suspect and was shot in the exchange. He was rushed to the hospital, yet sadly died from his wounds.

The suspect, 29-year-old Albert Rafael Acosta, was wounded too and subsequently passed away from his injuries. The woman hurt in the incident was taken to the hospital for her wounds, although the status of her situation is currently unclear.

The Texas Rangers have initiated an investigation of the shooting. Meanwhile, The 100 Club of Central Texas has gone ahead and activated its Survivor Fund to provide support to the bereaved family of the officer who perished while on-duty. Contributions can be made online and notes of sympathy may be posted to the officer’s survivors.

This is the second time the Survivor Fund has been activated in 2021; the first was in the wake of Austin Fire Department Battalion Chief Travis Maher succumbing to a line-of-duty injury in late 2022.