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Sergeant Jose Arturo Friona Police Department, Texas


Jose Arturo "Joe" Herrera

Friona Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, April 14, 2003

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 104

Cause: Vehicular assault

Incident Date: 4/13/2003

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Sergeant Herrera was killed when his patrol car was intentionally rammed by a vehicle that was being chased by other officers.

Sergeant Herrera was off duty doing paperwork at the police station when he heard radio traffic of a chase coming towards Friona. He immediately got into his patrol car and headed towards the pursuit.

As he neared the pursuit, he pulled over onto the side of County Road N and activated his emergency lights. As the fleeing pickup truck approached from the opposite direction, the suspect swerved onto the side of the road and struck Sergeant Herrera's patrol car in the front corner and driver's side door, killing Sergeant Herrera instantly. The driver of the vehicle was seriously injured and put under police custody at a local hospital.

The suspect was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Sergeant Herrera had been employed with the Friona Police Department for five years, and was survived by his wife, 10-year-old son, three daughters (ages two months, 4 years, and 11 years), parents, sister, and brother.

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Rest in Peace Sergeant Jose Herrera. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Friona, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that there be no peace for the scum that murdered you. I Pray that the hounds of hell forever pursue him. May they gnaw on his carcass for eternity. May the flames of hell consume his soul.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, Texas
April 19, 2016


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