Authorities say a lack of communication was a factor in the outcome but now they’re doing something about it.
Nearly every law enforcement agency in Hidalgo County were at a La Joya neighborhood where a gang member barricaded himself inside a home after shooting and injuring several officers in 2014.
Chaos and confusion ensued from a lack of communication amongst the separate agencies.
The new communication program known as the Regional Radio System, allows separate federal, state, and local entities to connect when responding to an emergency.
Authorities add, being on the same page as all agencies, could make a difference between life or death.
Authorities say the goal is to eventually have all regional agencies sharing the same communication system.