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

Patrolman

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

Incident Date: 11/12/1991

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: 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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Ernie, I remember the years that we spent together as room mates and more importantly great friends in the army serving both here and in Berlin together. You were a true gentleman and a down to earth person. I was saddned when I saw the news and you will always be remembered.

SP4 Rick Miller USA Field Station Berlin
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June 19, 2012

 

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