Captain Octavio Rafael Gonzalez

Captain Octavio Rafael Gonzalez

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Friday, June 16, 2006

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Octavio Rafael Gonzalez

Captain Octavio Gonzalez was shot and killed while participating in a manhunt for two suspects who had shot and wounded another deputy minutes earlier.

The wounded deputy and his partner were conducting a narcotics operation and had stopped a vehicle with out-of-state plates. As the deputies approached the vehicle the driver opened fire on them, striking one of the deputies in the leg.

Both suspects then fled the scene as other units responded to the area. As Captain Gonzalez searched for the suspects he was distracted by a female posing as a stranded motorist. As he contacted dispatch he was ambushed by the male suspect and shot in the back and side three times.

The male suspect then stole Captain Gonzalez's duty rifle and fled into a residential area where he took an elderly man hostage in his home. The shooter eventually surrendered after a standoff at the home.

On April 1, 2008, the suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole and an additional 50 years for the attempted murder of the deputy.

Captain Gonzalez had served with the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Department for 13 years, and served as the commander of the Narcotics Division.

He is survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge PD-9

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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My heart still aches thinking of the wonderful person this world lost so tragically. Gloria, your kids, and your family remain in my prayers. I will always remember you as my Cuban protector!

I always believe that it is was meant for us to meet! Here we both ended up in this small town of Thibodaux @ Nicholls State University! We were both from Cuba, both lived in Miami, and then we finally met all the way in Louisiana! Even the way that we met has lingered with me, and I often share the story, especially with teenagers and college kids when I talk about being careful about doing stupid things! We don’t often think of how dangerous our decisions can be, and not everyone gets lucky to meet someone that comes out of nowhere to protect us. And, that’s where our lives finally meet! I decided to leave The Horse in downtown and walk to my apartment across town next to campus. My friend was not ready to go, and I just didn’t want to be there any longer. After a few drinks, I decided to walk, after midnight, in the dark streets. As I crossed Canal Street, a sports car pulled up, and I heard this guy ask, “Where are you going?” After telling you my plans, You said I was crazy and told me y’all would give me a ride. So, I proceeded to get in the vehicle, and you lost it with me! “What are you doing getting in a car with total strangers! You don’t know if are going to hurt you!” All I could say was that I recognized y’all from school and the football team. You did not take that as a good enough reason for me to be so trusting and getting in the vehicle with guys I didn’t know. You lectured me on the way home and for so long after that! The next day you came by to check on me, and continued to tell me to never do that again! We discovered that we had so much in common! Haha...neither one of us were good at idioms!!! We didn’t have an issue with the Spanish ones...but how we messed up the English ones!

I was so happy to introduce you to my cousin and brother, so you gained some Cuban friends in Louisiana. You protected me just as well as they did. It was nice to know I had my Cuban protector who set me straight when I did anything wrong. As time passed by, we lost touch from semesters to semesters, until we lost touch completely. We didn’t have cell phones or social media to get in touch with each other easily. Life went on and we went or separate ways. Years later, my husband went through some trainings that you attended, and he got to meet you. It sure is a small world!

Our hearts broke at the news we received that day. We attended your funeral. I didn’t get to go speak to your mom or family. I wanted to meet her and your siblings that you always spoke of. You were a wonderful brother and son, as you always spoke so great about your family. My heart went out to the love of your life, Gloria and your boys.

Fourteen years have passed, and you are remembered and missed by all whose lives were touched by you. What an amazing hero, person, and servant! May you Rest In Peace and watch over us. You will never be forgotten.

Ana Basas Rogers
Nicholls State University Cuban friend

June 19, 2020

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