Police Officer Alberto "Albert" Vasquez

Police Officer Alberto "Albert" Vasquez

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, May 22, 2001

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Alberto "Albert" Vasquez

Officer Albert Vasquez was shot and killed while patrolling a housing complex during an off-duty security assignment at approximately 10:30 pm.

He and three other officers had just arrested five suspects on narcotics violations and walked them to the security office. Three suspects had been handcuffed, and the remaining two were handcuffed together. One of those two suspects was walking with a crutch due to an injury to his leg.

The three officers and three handcuffed suspects walked into the security office when they heard gunshots outside. One of the officers immediately exited the office and observed the suspect with the crutch shooting Officer Vasquez. The suspect then opened fire on the other officer, striking him in the chest. Despite being critically wounded, the officer was able to return fire and struck the suspect in the leg.

The suspect was taken into custody and charged with capital murder and attempted capital murder. He was sentenced to life in prison on October 23, 2002, after the jury became deadlocked on whether or not to sentence him to death.

Officer Vasquez had served with the Houston Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, ages ten months and six years, and his parents.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 5437

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

off-duty, patrol

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Carlos graduated from Baylor just a few days ago. I know you were watching.
This year you have officially been gone longer than the 21 years I served on the department. I was so proud to serve with you, and I think of you often. I also think of this night and wish I could have gotten there sooner. You will never be forgotten! Love you, Bro!

Madolyn Nasworthy
SGT. (Retired) Houston Police Dept

May 19, 2023

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