Police Officer III Reynaldo V. Lopez

Police Officer III Reynaldo V. Lopez

McAllen Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, July 10, 1993

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Reynaldo V. Lopez

Police Officer Reynaldo Lopez was shot and killed by gang members while he was working extra duty at the McAllen Civic Center during a quinceanera.

During a dance, several gang members entered the facility and lured a rival teenage gang member outside and a fight erupted. Numerous shots were fired from across the street, striking Officer Lopez and the teenager, killing them both. The juvenile suspects were arrested, tried as adults, and convicted of capital murder.

Officer Lopez had served with the McAllen Police Department for 17 years.

A unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice located in Hidalgo County has been named after Officer Lopez.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Convicted of capital murder

fight call, gang member, juvenile offender

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We are all thankful for both the commitment and devotion to duty displayed by Officer III Reynaldo Lopez during his tenure as a police officer in the State of Texas; He will never be forgotten. RIP sir.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb, New York State Police.

July 12, 2020

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