Police Officer Albert Ramirez Castaneda, Jr.

Police Officer Albert Ramirez Castaneda, Jr.

Grand Prairie Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, June 7, 2019

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Albert Ramirez Castaneda, Jr.

Police Officer AJ Castaneda was struck and killed by a vehicle while running radar on the President George Bush Turnpike, near Dickey Road, at 10:30 am.

A 17-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle and struck Officer Castaneda, throwing him off the elevated roadway. Officer Castaneda was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Castaneda was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran. He had served with the Grand Prairie Police Department for five years and had previously served with the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office for six years. He is survived by two children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 472
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

juvenile offender

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I worked with AJ for 5 years before I retired in 2018. We worked deep nights together and it was an honor to know him. AJ never complained and was always smiling. I told him once,” AJ, do you know that you are smiling the entire time we are working a family violence call.” AJ said,” I can’t help it, I just have the best job in the world.” AJ was right. I’ve lost bothers and sisters during my 26 year career, but AJ’s hit me the hardest. He truly had a servants heart, was a great father, friend and one of the best damn cops to walk this earth. Love ya AJ. Miss the talks, the lunch’s and the times we chilled together off-duty.

Retired Investigator Byron Olivere #305
Grand Prairie Police Department

February 27, 2020

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