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Police Officer Rosalin Suarez, Jr. | McAllen Police Department, Texas McAllen Police Department, Texas

Police Officer

Rosalin Suarez, Jr.

McAllen Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 19, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Derringer

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Suarez was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a silent alarm at a business. His partner reported seeing a burglar leave the opposite end of the building and then Officer Suarez radioed that he was in a foot pursuit. After hearing a gunshot his partner located his body in the common area of an apartment complex several blocks away. The suspect was later arrested and possessed Officer Suarez's duty weapon, which he stolen during the assault. The suspect had stolen the pistol used to shoot Officer Suarez twice from the same location. It had previously been recovered and was returned before the suspect stole it again. The suspect was originally sentenced to death but had the sentence reduced to life on appeal in 1987.

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I remember this event. I was a reporter for Ch. 4 news. I'd known the family that owned the store for years. Ann was in my high school class. Her husband and I attended the same church. I drove to the scene and found Ann crying in her office.
I really felt bad. I wondered who in the hell could do this in our town. I got some information from friends at the PD. They made a legal but determined arrest. The charge was capital murder. The guilty party in my opinion was not anyone deserving of leniency.
He lived a foul existence. He did not care about anyone else. I think that we were all punished by having to agree to tax dollars supporting his scumbag soul for the rest of his life.
I did News for lots of years. Some things stay with you. The trial was big. The concern was big. Other McAllen officers were not happy but followed the law.
They showed their integrity.

Neo Canales
KGBT-TV...City of McAllen
September 3, 2017

 

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