Police Officer Alberto "Albert" Vasquez

Police Officer Alberto "Albert" Vasquez

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, May 22, 2001

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Alberto "Albert" Vasquez

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.

Bio

  • Age 32
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 5437

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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This is the first time I’ve ever written about this. I remember this evening vividly. You asked me to work with you, Rick, and Major. I declined because it was my last night at Westside, before transferring to Beechnut. I was on my way home when I got a terrible phone call. I drove straight to Ben Taub, to give you all my love. Bro, like it’s yesterday I remember you, your smile, and the love you and Rick showed me when we were beat-mates. ‘Til we meet again, I’ll always wonder, what if. Te quero mucho, hermano y Dios te bendiga. Te miro al rato.

Joel ‘JRod’ Rodriguez
Beat mate

May 17, 2019

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