Sergeant Salvador G. Mosqueda

Sergeant Salvador G. Mosqueda

Fresno Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, August 20, 1973

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Salvador G. Mosqueda

Sergeant Mosqueda was shot and killed while responding to the home of a robbery suspect. The man had robbed a grocery store and tracked back to his residence. As Sergeant Mosqueda drove into the area the suspect opened fire, fatally wounding him. The man then held other officers at bay and was killed in a fire which resulted after tear gas canisters were shot into the home.

Sergeant Mosqueda was survived by his wife and children.

Bio

  • Age 52
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Killed during standoff

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R.I.P Sal, Great Sgt with Fresno P.D. Following the shooting death of Sgt Mosqueda, the ensuing gun fight lasted for a long time as the suspect refused to surrender. Tear Gas was introduced and did cause a fire. Officers from Fresno P.D and Fresno Sheriff's Dept were involved along with other agencies. I had left Fresno Sheriff's Dept a year earlier to join the LAPD; I was in Fresno at the time this occurred and watched it on TV. I knew all those involved as well as Sgt Mosqueda, great guy, great family man. He died in his patrol vehicle just as he arrived on scene and sadly he body was not able to be retrieved because of the extreme shootout following this tragedy for nearly an hour. He will be missed but never forgotten.

Robert G Avery Sgt. Retired
Fresno P.D, reserve officer, Fresno Sheriff's Dept & L.A.P.D

April 21, 2020

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