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Patrolman Jonathan Keith Molina | El Paso Police Department, Texas El Paso Police Department, Texas

Patrolman

Jonathan Keith Molina

El Paso Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, October 5, 2012

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 2759

Military veteran

Cause: Assault

Incident Date: 9/25/2012

Weapon: Person

Suspect: Charged with capital murder

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Patrolman Jonathan Molina succumbed to injuries sustained 10 days earlier when he was beaten by a juvenile on Trowbridge Drive, near Route 54.

Patrolman Molina was off duty when he observed three juveniles vandalize his car. He confronted the three and identified himself as a police officer. As he spoke to them one of the juveniles punched him, knocking him to the ground. The teen continued to to beat him even after knocking him unconscious. Patrolman Molina suffered a fractured skull, internal head injuries, and facial fractures.

All three juveniles fled the scene but were apprehended. The subject who had beaten him was originally charged with assaulting a public servant but was later charged with capital murder of a peace officer following Patrolman Molina's death.

Patrolman Molina was a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He had served with the El Paso Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife.

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I served with Molina for a few months when we were both recalled and assigned to 2nd Battalion 8th Marines Regiment. I was exempt and sent home early do to the agency I was with in AZ being undermanned and requested that I be allowed to stay on duty with them. I was his roommate while we were active and he had a way of motivating me to get myself back in Marine Corps shape even though I knew I was going to be sent back home. He was an awesome Marine as well as a very proud Police Officer. He often told me stories about being back in El Paso and how he couldn't wait to get back there and be patrolling the streets again. We talked about getting together sometime after his activation was over but never got back in touch though I often thought about it. It was funny how the 3 Marines recalled and assigned to our company were all law enforcement with Molina being Patrol myself being Detention and the other being Corrections. We used to joke with each other about who was in the better department kind of like how all the military branches do but in the end we were all on the same side working towards the same goal. Just a reminder that life is short and that there are those who are willing to take the risk everyday of living an even shorter life gives me much pride and appreciation in being an American. RIP Brother you will be missed. Semper Fi

CPL C. L. Short
2/8 and former Yavapai County Sheriffs (detention officer)
January 26, 2013

 

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