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Patrolman Angel Andrew Barcena | El Paso Police Department, Texas El Paso Police Department, Texas


Angel Andrew Barcena

El Paso Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, September 25, 2004

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 1 month

Badge # 2437

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Convicted of capital murder

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Patrolman Angel Barcena was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call.

He and his partner responded to the call reporting an intoxicated male breaking into a home in the 600 block of Bristol on the West Side of El Paso.

The officers entered through a partly open garage door after hearing screams coming from inside the house. Once inside the garage, the officers saw the male attempting to break into the home.

After the suspect drew a .38-caliber revolver, the officers retreated. At one point, Patrolman Barcena fired his Taser, but missed the suspect. The suspect fired two shots, hitting Patrolman Barcena once in the back of the upper left leg, severing an artery. He was rushed to Beaumont Army Medical Center where he died from the wound.

The suspect was convicted of capital murder in May 2006 and subsequently sentenced to death. The sentence was later reduce to life in prison.

Patrolman Barcena had served with the El Paso Police Department for just one month, having graduated from the academy on August 26th, 2004. He was survived by his wife, brother, and father.

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It's only been 5 months since I lost my son, Agent Jose ( Joey) Barraza from the USBP. However, I remember your story on the news like it was yesterday. My son's said they too were going to be a part of El Paso's finest. The oldest one lived out his dreams and was touched by serving on the Honor Guard for other families when they lost their hero's of ALL law enforcement. Your family sir, I do not know. However, if they were half the hero you are and many other officers in this city, then I know you are and will always be missed. I'm sure not a day goes by that your friend and family do not think about you. Just know our family is here for each other. RIP sir, you've done a fine job. God only takes the best first. See you all soon.

Mother of BPA Jose (Joey) D. Barraza Tam
September 26, 2016


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