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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 # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/2/1968

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Patrolman 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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Officer Richard Cuellar was a good friend of my Dad's and had served in the National Guard with my dad. My dad would speak of him and in our home he was always thought of as a Hero. I was a little girl when he was killed but I remember the sadness in our home. My dad recently passed and Mrs. Cuellar was came by to pay her respects, we were so Honored. My parents both held Officer Cuellar and his wife in high regard, my children knew of him through my dad. I know that Officer Cuellar was one of the many Angels waiting to great my dad on his arrival to Heaven. May God Bless all the Cuellar family.

Margie Mora
August 27, 2013

 

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