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

Patrolman

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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13 years ago I was just a little girl, you were partners with my father and also one of his best friends. Your life has never been forgotten, and I thank you for giving him countless laughs and great times. Being 7 years old it was hard to grasp the concept as to why this happened to such a pure soul, but now I understand. God was in desperate need of an Angel upstairs and you were answering one more call. Heaven became a better place when you arrived and I cannot wait to see you again.

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Daughter of a partner.
September 25, 2017

 

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