Officer Reuben Becerra DeLeon, Jr.

Officer Reuben Becerra DeLeon, Jr.

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Reuben Becerra DeLeon, Jr.

Officer Reuben B. DeLeon and another officer were off duty at an apartment reserved for officers who worked security for the complex. Officers on patrol in the area also used the apartment to complete paperwork. Someone knocked on the door. When Officer DeLeon opened the door he was shot several times and was killed. The other off duty officer and witnesses saw two men fleeing the scene.

Two suspects were later arrested. Investigators determined that the suspects were gang members and knew that police officers used the apartment. The suspects were participating in a gang initiation.

The suspect who shot Officer DeLeon was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer DeLeon was survived by his wife and three children. He was buried in the Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery in Rosenberg in Fort Bend County.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 6 years, 8 months
  • Badge 6969

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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From the family of Reuben Deleon -

As we reflect on another year and continue to miss Reuben dearly, we are are pleased to share that on October 12, 2016, Governor Greg Abbott awarded the 2016 Star of Texas in Reuben's honor at the Texas State Capitol. On October 21, 2016 a special segment acknowledging Reuben at the 36th Annual Hispanic of the Year Banquet was also shared among many awarded officers, Lulac member and many other important attendees. We would like to thank everyone who was involved, we are touched and heartfelt. A very special thank you to HPD's Jorge Gayton, for nominating Reuben. We are forever grateful for your exceeding efforts in and making his recognition possible.

Reuben, you continue to make us proud ! You are always loved and remembered.

Olga Deleon

February 21, 2017

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