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Patrolman Russell D. Spannagel | San Antonio Police Department, Texas San Antonio Police Department, Texas

Patrolman

Russell D. Spannagel

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, June 30, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/30/1973

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: Released from prison

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Patrolman Spannagel was shot and killed with his own service weapon during a struggle with a suspect. He had gone to a home to follow up on a domestic disturbance complaint when the male suspect began to struggle with him. The man was able to gain control of Patrolman Spannagel's .357 caliber service revolver and shot him in the chest. The suspect was arrested at the scene by responding officers. The man was convicted only of manslaughter and released from prison after serving only a few years.

Patrolman Spannagel had been with the agency for four years and was survived by his wife and two children.

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On the 40th anniversy of your death today.We remember you

and the fateful day. You 're radio transmission that you were shot will never be forgotten

retired
san antonio police
June 30, 2013

 

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