Police Officer Ronald Leon DeHerrera

Police Officer Ronald Leon DeHerrera

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Tuesday, April 1, 1997

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Ronald Leon DeHerrera

Police Officer Ron DeHerrera succumbed to injuries he received when his patrol car was struck by a stolen vehicle on March 26, 1997.

Officer DeHerrera and his partner were heading to the scene of a car prowler as the suspect was heading in their direction in a stolen Ford Mustang. The suspect struck their patrol car at an estimated speed of 95 mph at the intersection of 19th Street and Federal Boulevard in Denver.

Officer DeHerrera was in the passenger seat and suffered massive head and internal injuries. He succumbed to his injuries on April 1, 1997. The other officer suffered minor injuries and made a full recovery.

The 17-year-old suspect was convicted of vehicular homicide and sentenced to 9 years. He was denied parole for the fourth time in January 2004.

Officer DeHerrera had just graduated from the academy the day before the incident.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 2 days
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Wednesday, March 26, 1997
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Denied parole in 2004

juvenile, stolen vehicle

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For my eldest brother, Ron.

d@#+, it's been 27 years since life with you as we knew it changed. Never did I ever think in a million years this would change the trajectory of my life and at this point, I've been without you longer than I had you, but I do everything in my power to keep your memory alive. It's never gotten easier. We've just learned to live our lives with you as our angel. You have not left us and I feel your love and protection around me every day. I will never stop missing you. I miss you and think of you every day.

Christine Sandoval
Ron's Sister

April 1, 2024

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