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Patrolman Hector Garza | San Antonio Police Department, Texas San Antonio Police Department, Texas

Patrolman

Hector Garza

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, March 29, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 25 years

Badge # 158

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/29/2001

Weapon: Handgun; Mac-10

Suspect: Executed in 2011

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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 am to stand guard while a resident removed possessions from the house. Officers were summoned back to the residence at approximately 8:55 am 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 and 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 the 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.

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In 2001 I was pulled over by Patrolman Hector Garza because I was speeding in a school zone. When he got next to my car window I asked him why did he stopped me? He said because you are speeding in a school zone. He then asked for my drivers license and car insurance. I told him I don't have a driver license and no car insurance. He asked my why don't you have a driver license? I said to him do you want for me to tell you the truth? Or do you want for me to lie?He said tell me the truth. I said por burra. Then he said well por burra I am going to give you a ticket(he said this laughing) get your license before your court date and the judge will remove your ticket. Now I am going to give you a warning for speeding and I am not going to give you a ticket for no car insurance,because that is a very expensive ticket. Have a nice day...My court date came and the judge wanted to fine me for the ticket but I told him what the officer said about removing my ticket if I got my license. The judge said we need to bring the officer in and when the judge saw the officer name he just said for me to go home. I was like wow!!! A week later I saw a newspaper at a store that only opens on weekends and there I saw last weekend newspaper and his story was on the front page.I couldn't believe my eyes and it was there when it hit me on why the judge just sent me home. He was a very funny and nice man. And because of him I got my driver license....

Leticia Villa
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May 14, 2013

 

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