Patrolman Hector Garza

Patrolman Hector Garza

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, March 29, 2001

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Hector Garza

Patrolman Hector Garza was shot and killed after responding to a domestic dispute.

Two officers were initially called to the residence at approximately 7:45 a.m. to stand guard while a resident removed possessions from the house. Officers were summoned back to the residence at approximately 8:55 a.m. for another disturbance involving the man and his wife. The two were arguing in a bedroom, and the male had his back to Patrolman Garza when he attempted to separate the two. The male suddenly spun around and shot Patrolman Garza in the head with a Mac-10 semi-automatic handgun.

The suspect then shot and killed his wife before chasing the woman's brother-in-law. After running out of ammunition, he went back into the home and got an AK-47 shot and wounded the brother-in-law, and then shot Patrolman Garza again as he lay on the ground.

The suspect was apprehended and charged with two counts of capital murder and three counts of attempted capital murder. The suspect's mother was also charged in connection with starting the incident that led to the murders and sentenced to one year in prison.

Patrolman Garza's killer was convicted of capital murder and subsequently executed on October 27, 2011.

Patrolman Garza had served with the San Antonio Police Department for 25 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge 158

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Mac-10
  • Offender Executed in 2011


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Dear tio hector
When you pass I never got to meet you because I was just born but I wish you are resting in peace and I wish we can meet someday my grandma tells me all the stories about you and you were such amazing person I’m honored to call you my uncle my mom misses you so much I’m the daughter of Tricia m Ramirez my tio nieces daughter I wanted to come here and said that his story will always live long in our family and he is truly miss love you tio 09/10/2023

Maria Ramirez
Family member

September 10, 2023

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