Patrolman David Ortiz

Patrolman David Ortiz

El Paso Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, March 14, 2016

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David Ortiz

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 he 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. Witnesses 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.

In June 2017, the Carolina Recreation Center and Park were renamed Officer David Ortiz Park.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Thursday, March 10, 2016
  • Weapon Automobile; Narcotics involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 40 years

gang member, motorcycle

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Patrolman Ortiz,
On today, the 5th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of El Paso. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

A grateful El Pasoan

United States Border Patrol

March 14, 2021

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