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Patrolman John Anthony San Antonio Police Department, Texas


John Anthony "Rocky" Riojas

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, February 3, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 11 years

Badge # 1168

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/2/2001

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Officer Rocky Riojas died shortly after being shot during a foot chase in a troubled apartment complex.

Officer Riojas was able to catch the suspect where a struggle ensued. The suspect was able to gain control of Officer Riojas' weapon and shot him once in the head before fleeing the scene. Other officers were in the area and responded to the gunfire. The officer was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries approximately two hours later. The suspect was arrested several days later and sentenced to death.

Officer Riojas had served with the San Antonio Police Department for 11 years, and is survived by his wife and two young children.

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I remember the day officer Riojas was killed. I was on my way to work to the Medical Center area that evening at about 5:00 PM. There were several SAPD patrol cars blocking the street I was driving on, so I had to take a detour. The next day I read the news of officer Riojas being killed in an apartment's parking lot while trying to stop a crime in progress.

Luis Pitty, SGT
US Army and Texas resident since 1987.
March 29, 2015


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