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MISSION, Texas — A Texas city commissioner was fatally shot in an exchange of gunfire with police and a sheriff's deputy who had responded to a domestic disturbance call at his home, authorities said.

Officers who responded to the call late Thursday at Sullivan City Commissioner Gabriel Salinas' home in Mission found his 39-year-old girlfriend with severe wounds caused by a knife or machete and her 4-year-old son with a head injury, said Robert Dominguez, the police chief in Mission, which sits along the Mexico border not far from Texas' southern tip.

They then encountered Salinas, 39, who opened fire, leading the officers to fire back, Dominguez said. Salinas barricaded himself inside the home and after several hours of failed attempts to contact him, officers sent in a robot that found him dead in a bedroom, the police chief said.


“As far as I know right now, it was not a self-inflicted gunshot wound. I think that he died as a result of being hit in the transfer of fire,” with the two Mission officers and a Hidalgo County sheriff's deputy, Dominguez said.

The woman was critically wounded but was expected to recover. Her son was treated and released, said Dominguez, who didn't immediately reply to a Saturday phone message seeking further information. He said an autopsy will determine whether Salinas was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Hidalgo County sheriff’s officials also did not respond to Saturday requests for comment.

The Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting. Texas Department of Public of Public Safety Sgt. Maria Montalvo said Saturday that the investigation was ongoing and referred other questions to Mission police.


Dominguez said Salinas was arrested in September on a misdemeanor assault charge involving the same woman, but the charge was dismissed when the woman failed to pursue them.

Even though Salinas lived in Mission, he could be a city commissioner in Sullivan City because Texas law allows the use of only a mailing address when filing for office.

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Gallo homers and Rangers use 6 pitchers to beat Angels 2-0

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Gallo hit a two-run homer, six Texas pitchers combined on a four-hitter and the Rangers have consecutive wins for the first time this season after beating the Los Angeles Angels 2-0 on Saturday night.

Edinson Volquez (1-1), the first reliever after starter Kolby Allard’s five innings, worked the sixth for his first major league victory since 2017. It was his first win for the Rangers since 2007, before the former starter was traded to Cincinnati for Josh Hamilton. Rafael Montero worked a perfect ninth for his second save in as many nights.

The Angels are 5-10 under new manager Joe Maddon, matching the worst 15-game start in team history. They had been 5-10 five other times, most recently in 2013.

It was the second shutout this season for the Rangers, who won the opener at their new stadium 1-0 over Colorado just over two weeks ago. Los Angeles was held scoreless for the second time this season.

Gallo went the opposite way in the sixth off Patrick Sandoval (0-1), the line shot landing in the Angels bullpen in left-center field. All four of Gallo’s homers this season have come off left-handed pitchers.

Volquez was 4-8 for Miami in 2017 before Tommy John surgery, but returned as a free agent to Texas, where he spent 2018 rehabbing and then spent much of last season on the injured list with elbow issues. The 37-year-old right-hander, who made his big league debut for Texas in 2005, had indicated he might retire after last season before deciding to pitch another year.

Allard, the youngest Rangers pitcher, struck out six and walked one while throwing 94 pitches five days before his 23rd birthday. It was the right-hander’s second start filling in the rotation spot of two-time AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, who went on the 45-day injured list with a torn muscle in his shoulder after throwing only one inning.

Sandoval, who was on the Angels’ taxi squad before being recalled to make the start, struck out four and walked one in six innings. The 23-year-old left-hander’s 11 consecutive starts without a win to begin his big league career is the longest streak in team history.


Angels: Maddon said SS Andrelton Simmons (left ankle) is “getting better” but still doesn’t have a timetable on when he will be back. Simmons has been on the injured list since July 28.

Rangers: CF Danny Santana (right forearm strain) is eligible to come off the injured list as early as Sunday. He took some live at-bats before Saturday’s game but manager Chris Woodward said the versatile Santana was still “two or three days away from maybe throwing where we’d feel comfortable even putting him at first base.”


Lance Lynn (1-0, 0.49 ERA) has allowed only one run over 18 1-3 innings in his three starts, but his only win in that season-opening win over the Rockies. Angels lefty Andrew Heaney (1-0, 2.35) struck out 14 with no walks against Texas last August.


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