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Officer Valentine D. San Antonio Police Department, Texas

Officer

Valentine D. "Val" Lopez, Jr.

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: 31 years

Badge # 287

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/17/1977

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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On February 17, 1977, Officer Val Lopez, Jr., responded to a call regarding a man with a gun at a bar. He was initially the cover officer but was closer, so he reached the scene first. According to witnesses, as soon as Officer Lopez entered the bar, the suspect began to shoot. Officer Lopez was shot twice. One bullet struck his abdomen and the other hit his badge first before striking his chest.

The suspect was identified as 41-year-old Jack Barber. He was charged and convicted with attempt to Commit Capital Murder. He was sentenced to life in prison and has since died.

While Officer Lopez eventually returned to duty and served another 29 years, he never fully recovered from the wound to his abdomen. Officer Lopez developed complications during surgery and died on June 21, 2006.

Officer Lopez leaves behind a wife and two daughters. He was buried in the Mission Park South Cemetery in San Antonio.

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DD it's been almost 7 years since you left us and I often think about you, once in a while I run into some Sapd officers that were friends of you and they take a moment of their time to tell me a story or two about you and all I hear is what a great man you were and that the police department misses you very much! That make me so proud of you when i hear those things, my brother it was a honor to have been your brother, the other day I went to get a haircut and ran into Alex Ortiz (hurricane) and he started telling me unbelievable stories about you and all I could do was stand there and listen to Alex stories and the way you carried yourself, that made me so proud of you that it brought tears to my eyes, then I proceed to tell Alex the day you got shot, it's like a dream that never goes away bro! I remember that day like if it was yesterday and the hurt never leaves! I pray that you are resting well in heaven with the rest of your fallen brothers in blue, I hope that one day all of us will reunite again in heaven, until then my dear beloved brother rest in peace! Your brother Roger.

Roger Lopez
Brother
March 18, 2013

 

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