Patrolman John Anthony "Rocky" Riojas

Patrolman John Anthony "Rocky" Riojas

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, February 3, 2001

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John Anthony "Rocky" Riojas

Patrolman Rocky Riojas died shortly after being shot during a foot chase in a troubled apartment complex.

A struggle ensued after he caught the subject. The man was able to gain control of Officer Riojas' weapon and shot him once in the head before fleeing the scene. Other officers were in the area and responded to the gunfire.

Patrolman Riojas was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds approximately two hours later.

The man was arrested several days later and sentenced to death. He was executed by lethal injection on April 15th, 2015.

Patrolman Riojas had served with the San Antonio Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and two young children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 1168

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, February 2, 2001
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Executed in 2015

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Uncle Rocky,

I know we met but I don't remember but I know you do. I know you would hold me and sing to me the Indian song. I know you were a great man, loving husband, an amazing uncle, supportive father, great brother and overall an amazing son. We miss you so much but we will never stop talking about you. The stories everyone shares with us always make us feel like you're right there next to us. I wish I could have met you, but like everyone says God had bigger plans for you. We love you so much. I can't wait till the day I get to meet you. But for now just keep watching over us and protecting us. Gone but never forgotten.

Until we meet again...

Bella Sanchez

April 8, 2020

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