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Patrolman Richard M. Cuellar | San Antonio Police Department, Texas San Antonio Police Department, Texas

Patrolman

Richard M. Cuellar

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, August 2, 1968

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 612

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman Richard Cueller was shot and killed by a juvenile suspect attempting to escape custody from another officer.

The officers had both arrived at the police parking lot at the same time. As the other patrolman took the juvenile from the patrol car the youth produced a handgun and fled into the path of Patrolman Cueller, who attempted to stop him. The suspect shot Patrolman Cueller before the two officers returned fire, killing the suspect.

Patrolman Cueller had been with the agency for nine years.

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I was just a little girl but remember the giant of a man who I admired. Went by the park yesterday and smiled at all the work done by those who uphold his memory, many who also lay their lives on the line every day. My respect and prayers to each of you. Thank you for keeping my uncle alive in all our hearts.

Teresa Garcia Vieira
niece
August 3, 2015

 

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