Patrolman Hector Garza

Patrolman Hector Garza

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, March 29, 2001

Hector Garza

Patrolman Hector Garza was shot and killed after responding to a domestic dispute.

Two officers were initially called to the residence at approximately 7:45 am to stand guard while a resident removed possessions from the house. Officers were summoned back to the residence at approximately 8:55 am for another disturbance involving the man and his wife. The two were arguing in a bedroom and the male had his back to Patrolman Garza when he attempted to separate the two. The male suddenly spun around and shot Patrolman Garza in the head with a Mac-10 semi-automatic handgun.

The suspect then shot and killed his wife before chasing the woman's brother-in-law. After running out of ammunition, he went back into the home and got an AK-47 and shot and wounded the brother-in-law, and then shot Patrolman Garza again as he lay on the ground.

The suspect was apprehended and charged with two counts of capital murder and three counts of attempted capital murder. The suspect's mother was also charged in connection with starting the incident that led to the murders and sentenced to one year in prison.

Patrolman Garza's killer was convicted of the capital murder and subsequently executed on October 27, 2011.

Patrolman Garza had served with the San Antonio Police Department for 25 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge 158

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Mac-10
  • Offender Executed in 2011

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I am the recipient of the June 2017 Hector Garza Memorial Award from Wayland Baptist University. I was not familiar with Officer Garza’s story of sacrifice until I was given the award. I do, however, have several friends who are honored on this site. I make it a point to tell their stories to people I meet so that they will never be forgotten. The plaque I was honored with will hang in my office and I will now make it a point to tell Officer Garza’s story to everyone that I can. God bless you for your sacrifice and God bless your family.

Chief William Foley
Terrell Hills Police

June 29, 2017

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