SMPD - Putnam, Mueller, Stewart
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About the Event
The deceased is Officer Justin Putnam (DOB 12/16/1988) who came to San Marcos from Austin. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas State University. He had been a member of SMPD since November 3, 2014 and, like his peers in the department, was chosen because he exemplified the ability to serve in a wonderfully diverse community. Putnam was engaged to be married. His father is a veteran of the Austin Fire Department.
The officers wounded in the incident are Officer Franco Stewart (DOB 9/30/1992) and Officer Justin Mueller (9/28/1981). Stewart came to SMPD on December 3, 2019 after serving with the McAllen Police Department for two and a half years and briefly serving with the U.S. Border Patrol before returning to street patrol. Mueller joined SMPD as a telecommunications operator in 2007 and rose through those ranks to become a supervisor. He started his service as a Licensed Police Officer on June 7, 2019. He has worked remarkably to attain his dream of becoming of police officer. Both officers are in critical but stable condition in the ICU at Ascension Seton Hays in Kyle.
The tragedy resulted after officers responded to the apartment complex following a call to 911 for an assault/domestic disturbance at 6:05 p.m. yesterday. During the course of their response, the suspect ambushed the officers inside the residence with a rifle.