Man who killed Euless police officer high on meth

Staff Writer

The 22-year-old man who family members say killed a Euless police officer in a shootout on Tuesday was a drug addict who had been jailed numerous times for assault and terroristic threats, according and court records.

Jorge Brian Gonzalez was high on “ice” — a street name for methamphetamine — and had been in the Euless jail on Monday for allegedly stealing money from his father, according to his sister, 17-year-old Jennifer Gonzalez.

"He was doing drugs. But I never thought it would go this far," Jennifer said.

“I know that what my son did was bad," said his father, Jorge Antonio Gonzalez. "He killed a police officer."

But even while remorseful about his actions, the family questioned why Gonzalez was released from jail on Tuesday, the same day as the shootout that ultimately claimed his life and that of Euless officer David Hofer.

“It’s their fault,” the father said. “Why would they let him out when he was on that stuff?”

His sister said her brother was in jail for 24 hours.

“That’s not enough time for you to recover from ice,” she said.

Euless Police said in a Wednesday afternoon press conference that Gonzalez was released from jail around 11:30 a.m., stole weapons from a home and went to J.A. Carr Park to "ambush" officers.