Patrolman Hector Garza

Patrolman Hector Garza

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, March 29, 2001

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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 did not know Officer Garza, however, one of his sons, Matt, attends my CrossFit gym. Matt is a strong, silent man. He has a single tattoo, on his left chest, over his heart. It is his father's badge.
I asked Matt about it, and he told me the story.
We created a HERO workout to honor his dad's sacrifice, and we performed it from home while sheltering in place on Sat, 28 March 2020.

Part A:
Run: 2001 meters [(1.25 miles) for the year he died in the line of duty]

Part B:
6 Rounds (1 round for his wife and each of his children)
48x DB Ground To Overhead [(24/arm) 48 was his age]
25x Burpees (25 years of service)

Part C:
158x Box Ascents (158 was his Badge Number)

Cpl (US Army) Jeff Soileau
Alamo 180 Intelligent Design CrossFit

May 29, 2020

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