Officer Conrad Sudario Gernale

Officer Conrad Sudario Gernale

Beaumont Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, September 6, 2002

Conrad Sudario Gernale

Officer Conrad Gernale was intentionally struck and killed by a vehicle driven by a suspect fleeing a domestic assault.

The suspect had followed his wife to her father's home and assaulted the father. When officers arrived, the suspect fled and struck Officer Gernale as Officer Gernale walked along a road to an ambulance that was treating one of the victims. The man then struck an ambulance, injuring the three medics inside, before being taken into custody.

The suspect was charged with capital murder, along with other charges stemming from the domestic incident.

On September 12, 2003, the suspect was sentenced to life in prison and will be eligible for parole in 2033.

Officer Gernale had been employed with the Beaumont Police Department for 12 years, and is survived by his wife, three young children, parents, and siblings.

Bio

  • Age 34
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 194

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to life

Most Recent Reflection

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Conrad is my nephew. His mother Lily, is my older sister. The incident that night of Sept. 06, 2002, shocked us in the family. Overwhelming grief touched our family, as well as the Beaumont community. Conrad was only 34 years old when a mad man took his life. The question of why this happened to a gentle, well mannered, law abiding young officer, a family man, was an endless question. We left that question unanswered to our strong faith in God's merciful wisdom and had moved our family closer. Conrad was such a peace maker man, missed him greatly and we continue to celebrate his life. To memorialize Conrad's honor and duty as a police officer, the family established a scholarship program in Dagami, Leyte, Philippines in 2004. The scholarship program was to help very poor, intelligent and determined students, to finish high school at St. Joseph High School. The program spanned 5 years. It was a blessing to these local students and their families to have gained a quality high school education, administered by Catholic Nuns. Currently, with Ana's, (wife ) close watch, dedication and maternal love to her young family, the oldest daughter Celina, is currently advancing her education in Speech and Hearing degree to a Masters degree level. The 2 boys, Xavier, just graduated, Magna Cum Laude in high school and Andre' is still in high school. The whole family circle plus extended families around Ana, were a huge support in Ana's family life. I must say..... It takes a VILLAGE to come together, extend help towards a young family, deep in grief and then grow, cope and sustain life.

Eufemia Sudario Chua
Conrad's Aunt

August 8, 2018

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