Police Officer Rosalin Suarez, Jr.

Police Officer Rosalin Suarez, Jr.

McAllen Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, May 19, 1981

Rosalin Suarez, Jr.

Officer Suarez was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a silent alarm at a business. His partner reported seeing a burglar leave the opposite end of the building and then Officer Suarez radioed that he was in a foot pursuit. After hearing a gunshot his partner located his body in the common area of an apartment complex several blocks away. The suspect was later arrested and possessed Officer Suarez's duty weapon, which he stole during the assault. The suspect had stolen the pistol used to shoot Officer Suarez twice from the same location. It had previously been recovered and was returned before the suspect stole it again. The suspect was originally sentenced to death but had the sentence reduced to life on appeal in 1987.

Bio

  • Age 23
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Derringer
  • Offender Sentenced to life

Most Recent Reflection

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Officer Suarez was a young and promising officer, and I was proud to be his patrol sergeant. This tragic incident changed the McAllen Police Department forever, and I believe we used this event as a catalyst to improve the department in many ways. And Rosalin's brother, Richard, later served as a McAllen Police Officer for more than 20 years.

Chief Gary Miller
Bee Cave Police Department

May 15, 2018

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