Patrolman Russell D. Spannagel

Patrolman Russell D. Spannagel

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, June 30, 1973

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Russell D. Spannagel

Patrolman Russell Spannagel was shot and killed with his own service weapon during a struggle with a suspect.

He had gone to a home to follow up on a domestic disturbance complaint when the male suspect began to struggle with him. The man was able to gain control of Patrolman Spannagel's .357 caliber service revolver and shot him in the chest. The suspect was arrested at the scene by responding officers. The man was convicted only of manslaughter and released from prison after serving only a few years.

Patrolman Spannagel had served with the San Antonio Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Released from prison

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 30, 2020

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