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Patrolman David Ortiz | El Paso Police Department, Texas El Paso Police Department, Texas


David Ortiz

El Paso Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, March 14, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Incident Date: 3/10/2016

Weapon: Automobile; Narcotics involved

Offender: Sentenced to 40 years

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Patrolman David Ortiz succumbed to injuries sustained four days earlier when his police motorcycle was intentionally struck from behind at the intersection of Lee Trevino Drive and Vista Del Sol Drive.

The impact pushed his motorcycle into the vehicle in front of him, and became trapped underneath one of the vehicles involved in the crash. He was able to be pulled from underneath the vehicle and was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle who struck him was under the influence of heroin and xanax. Witnessed testified that the man intentionally switched lanes at a high rate of speed before striking Patrolman Ortiz. The subject, a known gang member, fled the scene on foot but was later apprehended. In January 2017 he plead guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Patrolman Ortiz had served with the El Paso Police Department for nine years and was assigned to the Pebble Hills Region Command. Patrolman Ortiz is survived by his mother.

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In yesterday's Heroes Ride in Conroe, TX I rode in honor of Officer Ortiz. I thank you for your service and know that the Lord has welcomed you into his arms.

Chuck Stancil
October 15, 2017


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