Detective Mario Moreno

Detective Mario Moreno

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, September 21, 2007

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Mario Moreno

Detective Mario Moreno was shot and killed while attempting to serve an arrest warrant on a suspect who had shot his girlfriend the previous day.

The detective, along with other officers assigned to the Repeat Offender Program, went to an apartment complex at the 7200 block of Lamb Road where the suspect was hiding. With the assistance of the shooting victim, the suspect was lured out into the parking lot. When the suspect spotted the officers, he fled on foot, with Detective Moreno in close pursuit. During the chase, the suspect drew a shotgun and opened fire, striking Detective Moreno in the face. Other officers returned fire, killing the suspect.

He was transported to University Hospital but died from his wounds a short time later.

Detective Moreno was a United States Marine Corps veteran and had served with the San Antonio Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and two young children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 2459
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

arrest attempt, warrant

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Mario was my FTO on my cadet ride for daylight. We had such a good time, we went through so much stuff, it felt like a month stuffed into one day. He was very funny, and a terrific police officer. I think of him often, and miss him very much. I hope that one day his son looks me up, so I can tell him how one of the best days on the PD for me, was spent with his dad. I’ll never forget Mario, and I keep his memory alive by telling people the story of that one day we spent together. Rest in Paradise Devil Dog!

Motor Officer Steve Vaquera

January 26, 2024

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