Patrolman Juan Antonio Morales

Patrolman Juan Antonio Morales

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, December 11, 2001

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Juan Antonio Morales

Patrolman Juan Morales was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while driving to work on his department motorcycle.

The 33-year-old driver of a vehicle in the center lane of rain-slick I-10 lost control of is pickup truck, sideswiped his motorcycle, causing him to be thrown to the ground and then struck another vehicle. The driver fled the scene but was followed by a citizen and was observed switching cars. The citizen continued to follow the driver, who was later apprehended. He was charged with intoxication manslaughter and manslaughter based on reckless driving.

In 1991, Patrolman Morales had apprehended the murderer of Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Carlos Warren. Trooper Warren's murder took place earlier in the evening near Austin and the murderer fled towards San Antonio. Patrolman Morales stopped the vehicle for speeding and was met by gunfire. He returned fire, wounding the murderer, and apprehended him.

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


  • Age 33
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Apprehended

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Juan was a kind, happy and loving person. I went to school with him from 1974-1986. He was bright and held an inner happiness that was displayed in his laugh. He played the drums and I can still see him and at the football games. He was destined for success and I know that being a motorcycle officer was the love of his life. Im tearful that his life was cut short. The world was a better place because of Juan. May he rest in peace. May God comfort his family and friends.

Wanda Sparks RN, Ph.D.
University Hospital, SA TX

August 27, 2016

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