Patrolman Antonio T. "Tony" Canales

Patrolman Antonio T. "Tony" Canales

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, May 18, 1972

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Antonio T. "Tony" Canales

Patrolman Tony Canales was shot and killed while attempting to take several robbery suspects into custody on Frio City Road.

The suspects attempted to flee but crashed their car after Patrolman Canales returned fire. One of the subjects was arrested at the scene. The second subject fled but was arrested hiding under a nearby house several days later.

Patrolman Canales had served with the San Antonio Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 773

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Arrested

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The last time Tony and I spoke, after roll call, he told me to trim my mustache. I replied, "si padrecito " I have never forgotten.

Francisco Alvarado, Jr. Sergeant Retired

June 1, 2021

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