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 2230 hours.

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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I know it has been a while since I visited the site and as you know there is not a day that goes by without thinking of you, or telling someone about you, or talking about your boys. You are FOREVER in my mind and heart. I am so excited that we are doing a Hero WOD in your memory this weekend. As I always tell people no matter how long it has been (21 years to be exact) that void it's still there but we learned to move forward and never forgotten about you. I miss your smile so much..... but I know one day will reunite again. Te amo.

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September 19, 2022

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