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Patrolman Alfredo Flores Araiza | Live Oak Police Department, Texas Live Oak Police Department, Texas

Patrolman

Alfredo Flores Araiza

Live Oak Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, January 17, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 2508

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Arrested

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Patrolman Alfredo Araiza was killed as a result of an explosive automobile accident and fire.

He was attempting to stop a vehicle on Loop 1604 at I-35 North. Unbeknownst to Patrolman Araiza, the two men in the vehicle had just committed a home invasion robbery and had $500,000 worth of methamphetamine and PCP in the car. The suspects, armed with three handguns, began shooting at Patrolman Araiza.

Although it was not medically proven due to his extensive injuries, it is believed Patrolman Araiza was struck by the suspects gunfire and lost control of his vehicle which then collided with a large gravel truck at a speed of approximately 115 mph, causing a collision and a fire which threw Patrolman Araiza 80 feet and completely disintegrated his patrol car. The suspects were apprehended but not charged in connection with his death.

Patrolman Araiza had served with the Live Oak Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife.

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Officer Araiza is still honored today in the City. We have a memorial for him at the City's new justice Center. I never got meet him but I have talked to his wife on several occasions. I can only imagine the loss she must feel. I believe that he died doing what he loved. He paid the ultimate sacrifice. He was and always will be a "Brother In Blue". His wife still lives in Live Oak and she still attends almost all the ceremonies that the City has. She is one of our biggest supporters. We can only hope that she knows that we watch over her, and that he watches over us.

Officer David Wall
Live Oak Police Dept.
June 25, 2012

 

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