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Patrolman Ernesto Serna | El Paso Police Department, Texas El Paso Police Department, Texas


Ernesto Serna

El Paso Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 12, 1991

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 2 years, 6 months

Badge # 1337

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman Ernesto Serna was shot and killed after confronting a shoplifter.

Patrolman Serna was working an extra-duty assignment as security at the Wal-Mart Store. Patrolman Serna saw a male take a coat from the rack and walk out of the store without paying for it. He followed the shoplifter out of the store and stopped him in the parking lot. When Patrolman Serna confronted the suspect, he took drew a handgun out from under his coat and opened fire, striking him once in the face. Patrolman Serna was able to return fire, and shot the suspect three times, killing him.

Patrolman Serna was rushed to Thomason Hospital where he died shortly after 2100 hours.

Patrolman Serna had served with the agency for two years where he was assigned to the Central Substation. He had just returned from Saudi Arabia where he served with the United States Army Reserve in Operation Desert Storm. He is survived by his wife and children. Both of his sons, Eloy and Christipher, are officers of the El Paso Police Department. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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Hey Primo! Can't believe it's going to be 23 yrs ago that they took you away. I was working the 62-180 checkpoint when my FOS called and said ...one of your cousins has been shot, I didn't know which one, there were three of you (SERNA'S) with EPPD at the time. By the time I got to the hospital you were gone. Seems like yesterday in my head. I still carry your OBIT in my wallet. it's falling apart. I still think of you when chasing or following someone in the dark. I think your always there for us...reminding us. Rest in Peace Primo, your still missed as if it was yesterday.

Primo might be my last year, next June will be 30 yrs of this sh!t

SBPA, A. Montoya
U.S. Border Patrol
November 8, 2014


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