Officer Andrew Winzer

Officer Andrew Winzer

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, February 18, 1988

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Andrew Winzer

Officer Winzer drowned when his vehicle was knocked through a guardrail into Buffalo Bayou by another vehicle that had run a red light. His patrol car fell 35-feet down and embankment and landed upside down in 15-feet of water.

Other officers arrived at the scene within minutes but were unable to free Officer Winzer until one hour later. He was pronounced dead at the scene by rescue workers.

The driver of the vehicle that caused the accident was convicted of running a red light and driving on a suspended license.

Officer Winzer had served with the agency for 3 years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 4330

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Coach Winzer, as I sit here at my desk reading the reflections it saddens me to know you will never have the impact on future youth as you had with me. I am entering my 22nd year as a peace officer, and I owe this great career to you, I always wanted to be like Coach Winzer and give something back to the community. You inspired me, you encouraged me, you gave me hope, as a 14 year old kid growing up in one of toughest communities' in Houston 3rd Ward, you were a light, a beacon, a breath of fresh air, a person who lived life and did not allow life to live him. Owe how I wish other young men in my situation could meet and be inspired by you. People like you are needed now more than ever, our city is over run with young men who have so little respect and self worth, that I alone can not save them all, but until my time is done I will put in the good work that you taught me, and until with meet again R.I.P. my friend my Coach my also my Uncle Buddy.

Sergeant. Zerick Guinn
Harris County Constable Precinct One

February 22, 2017

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