Police Officer Rosalin Suarez, Jr.

Police Officer Rosalin Suarez, Jr.

McAllen Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, May 19, 1981

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Rosalin Suarez, Jr.

Police Officer Rosalin Suarez was shot and killed after he responded to a silent alarm at a business.

Another officer 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, the other office located Officer Suarez's body in the common area of an apartment complex several blocks away.

The subject was later arrested in possession of Officer Suarez's duty weapon, which he stole during the assault. The man had previously stolen the pistol used to shoot Officer Suarez twice from the same location. It had previously been recovered and was returned before the man stole it again. The man was originally sentenced to death but in 1987 the sentence was reduced to life upon appeal.

Officer Suarez was a U.S. Army veteran. He had served with the McAllen Police Department for three months and had previously served with the Pharr Police Department for two years.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 2 years, 3 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

burglary, foot pursuit

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Officer Rosalin Suarez was truly a loving and caring police officer. Officer Suarez's soul is in Heaven because of his acts of love and care. Rosalin will never ever ever ever be forgotten.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb, New York State Police.

July 12, 2020

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