Patrolman David Ortiz

Patrolman David Ortiz

El Paso Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, March 14, 2016

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 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.


  • 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

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It’s been two years now that you were called to be with the other angels in heaven. Not a day goes by that we do not think of you or your family. Your blessed parents, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and children all need your spirit as sometimes that’s the only thing that will keep a grieving family moving forward with their new normal. My son had the pleasure of serving as part of the Honor Guard on the day you were laid to rest. You and he lay closely together in the same century, the cemetery of the fallen,is what I call it. David, we miss you protecting our streets!! You will NEVER be forgotten! Your family has done everything to ensure of that and no matter what my position is, as a person, mother and resident of a city you protected, I promise you and your family to do everything we can to keep your memory alive. May you continue to Rest In Peace. We’ll take your job from here.

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