Officer Henry "Hank" Nava, Jr.

Officer Henry "Hank" Nava, Jr.

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, December 1, 2005

Henry "Hank" Nava, Jr.

Officer Henry Nava died of a gunshot wound he received two days earlier when he attempted to arrest a man on a warrant.

Officer Nava and two other officers went to the suspect's mobile home to arrest him on a parole violation warrant . The officers were invited inside the residence by a female who resided there. The female gave the officers verbal consent to enter and search for the suspect after stating to them that the suspect was not at the location. As the Officers entered she alerted the suspect by stating loudly "the police are here and are going to search the house." As Officer Nava opened a bedroom door, the suspect emerged with a 9mm handgun and shot Officer Nava in the head, just above the left eye.

After shooting Officer Nava, the suspect fled to a nearby home where he took the female resident hostage for two hours, before releasing her and surrendering to police.

Officer Nava was taken to Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital where he died two days later from his wound.

The suspect was convicted of capital murder on November 13, 2007.

Officer Nava had served with the Fort Worth Police Department for 14 years, and had previously served with the Austin Park Police Department for 3 years and the Plano Police Department for 1 year.

Officer Nava is survived by his wife, daughter, and son. On November 10, 2011, Officer Nava's 10-year-old son legally changed his name to Henry Nava III in his honor.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 3084

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, November 29, 2005
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Convicted of capital murder

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You have been on my mind a lot lately. I have even seen you in my dreams. If I stand still long enough to thank about everything I still have a hard time believing the reality of you being gone forever. 12 years is a long long time and it definitely seems like forever in my eyes.

Your beautiful princess baby girl is graduating from college in just a few short weeks. I know you will be watching from above but oh how I wish you would be here with her in person on her special day. TCU was both your dream and her dream and she did it! I have no doubt that you are super proud of her cause I know I am. She has had some amazing world traveling experiences the last 4 years. I wish I could have been half as brave as she was traveling the world with confidence.

My heart still hurts over losing you. I will never in a million years understand why it was your time but I have to accept that was God's plan for your life. Just know it never gets easier. Our pain is still there and will always be there.

Keep watching over us from above and know that you are thought of often.

Love Always,

Teresa Nava-Salazar

April 13, 2018

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