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 Ronald DeHerrera was killed and another officer was injured when their patrol car was struck by stolen vehicle.

Officer DeHerrera had just graduated from the academy the day before the incident. The two officers 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 in an intersection at an estimated 95 mph.

Officer DeHerrera was in the passenger seat and suffered massive head and internal injuries. He succumbed to his injuries on April 1th, 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.


  • 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

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Officer DeHerrera, I remember watching the news when this terrible accident happened. It saddens me to the core of my heart. I didn't know you personally, wish I did. You came from a wonderful loved family, from what I have read on this page. You were kind, funny and loving. I was also born in 1964, we both Come from honest beautiful families. I will meet you in Heaven. Watch over our families as you are still a awesome officer. My baby boy is also in Heaven. RIP officer DeHerrera, and God Bless you!


April 12, 2021

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