Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 11 years
Badge # 1168
Incident Date: 2/2/2001
Weapon: Officer's handgun
Suspect: Sentenced to death
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.