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Police Officer Alberto  Houston Police Department, Texas

Police Officer

Alberto "Albert" Vasquez

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 22, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 5437

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Albert Vasquez was shot and killed while patrolling a housing complex during an off-duty security assignment at approximately 2230 hours.

He and three other officers had just arrested five suspects on narcotics violations and were walking them to the security office. Three of the suspects had been handcuffed and the remaining two were handcuffed together. One of those two suspects was walking with a crutch as the result of an injury to his leg.

The three officers and three handcuffed suspects were walking into the security office when they heard gun shots from outside. One of the officers immediately exited the office and observed the suspect with the crutch shooting Officer Vasquez. The suspect then opened fire on the other officer, striking him in the chest. Despite being critically wounded, the officer was able to return fire and struck the suspect in the leg.

The suspect was taken into custody and charged with capital murder and attempted capital murder. He was sentenced to life in prison on October 23, 2002, after the jury became deadlocked on whether or not to sentence him to death.

Officer Vasquez had served with the Houston Police Department for seven years, and is survived by his wife, two sons, ages 10 months and 6 years, and his parents.

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I just discovered this site and I think is great that we have the opportunity of expressing our feelings for such a wonderful human being. You were my first friend when I came to the USA, with my only goal of becoming a Police officer. You gave me my first duty belt and my first bullets proof vest. Next to you almost every night, when you were taking care of our community on 6363 Beverly Hills, I learned a lot about professionalism and ethics as a police officer. And as a friend, beside all the time that we shared,as neighbors, at the celebration back to back of the Houston Rockets, at the Astro World parks, etc...I also took from you advises that later on, I applied working as a cop. I still can not believe that my first assignment was to represent my department at your funeral. I was still training with a supervisor, when I got the terrible news. Brother, I always kept your belt, your vest and your unconditional friendship from where I learned how to be a real police officer without been mean to the people around you. God bless you and your family for ever, and don't worry, we will get together again in the next life.

Guillermo Blanco.
Former U.H.P.D.officer/ Friend.
September 13, 2016

 

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