Police Officer Frank Manuel Cantu, Jr.

Police Officer Frank Manuel Cantu, Jr.

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, March 25, 2004

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Frank Manuel Cantu, Jr.

Officer Frank Cantu was killed when his patrol car was struck by a drunk driver at the intersection of Dunlavy and West Gray Streets at 0220 hours.

The car driven by the drunk driver entered the intersection at a high rate of speed. The patrol car was struck on the rear, and left quarter panel, causing it to go airborne and land 40 feet away. Officer Cantu was extricated from the patrol car and transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he died a short time later.

The drunk driver refused to take a sobriety test and was charged with intoxicated manslaughter.

Officer Cantu had served with the Houston Police Department for 19 years. He is survived by his mother, father, brother, and sister.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Charged with manslaughter

DUI, routine driving

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My cousin Frank Cantu, Jr. god bless your precious soul. There's not a day that goes by I do not think of you and your sister. Us growing up here in boring Sacramento now putting a smile on my face. I have so many fond memories of us. Those memories wake me up every day and keeps me moving. Continue to rest in peace and look over us, your community in Houston, and more importantly your family.

Karri Velasquez
Karri Velasquez, 1st Cousin

May 30, 2024

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