In Memory of Our Fallen

The members of the San Antonio Police Officers’ Association wish to express our deepest appreciation to the survivors of these dedicated and brave members of our family.

The courage of our fallen brothers and sisters has kept the San Antonio community safe. They sacrificed so others may raise their families in peace. In doing so, they left behind a legacy of service and pride.

This Memorial Wall, while a small gesture, is meant to keep their memories alive and to remind visitors to this site that the job of a San Antonio police officer is never without danger. They put on their uniforms and went to work. They answered the call. For that, we owe them a lifetime of gratitude and respect.

To the families of the fallen, we offer our love and support. We will never forget. We will honor their service by keeping these officers in our thoughts every day we put the badge on and head to work.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” -John 15:13

Joseph Anthony Cisneros

END OF WATCH: February 1, 2021

AGE: 43

CAUSE: COVID19

Officer Joseph Anthony Cisneros, age 43, passed away on Monday, February 1, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas. A graduate of St. Gerard High School, Joseph later went on to attend and graduate from Wayland Baptist University. He was preceded in death by his brother, Christopher Cisneros. Joseph is survived by his loving wife, Sylvia Magallon Cisneros; their children, Joseph Anthony Cisneros III & Viviana Colette Cisneros; father, Joe Anthony Cisneros; mother, Leslie Gail Cisneros; brother, Benjamin Cisneros; uncle, Jesse Cisneros & his wife Elsa; and numerous nieces & nephews.

Miguel Moreno

END OF WATCH: June 30, 2017

AGE: 31

CAUSE: Gunshot

Officer Moreno was one of two officers shot in the 200 block of W. Evergreen St. near San Antonio College while approaching two suspects near a car that appeared to have been broken into Thursday afternoon.

Benjamin Marconi

END OF WATCH: November 20, 2016

AGE: 47

CAUSE: Gunshot

On November 20, 2016, Benjamin Marconi, a detective with the San Antonio Police Department, was shot to death in San Antonio, Texas. In the shooting, a motorist stopped his car, got out, and shot and wounded Marconi while the latter was sitting in his marked patrol car in front of the department’s headquarters, writing a ticket for another driver during a routine traffic stop.

Robert Deckard

END OF WATCH: December 20, 2013

AGE: 22

CAUSE: Gunshot

Officer Deckard was shot during a vehicle chase on December 8th, 2013. He died 12 days later on December 20th, 2013.

Edrees Mukhtar

END OF WATCH: December 29, 2012

AGE: 28

CAUSE: Traffic Accident (Automobile)

Officer Mukhtar passed away as a result of injuries he sustained when his patrol vehicle lost control and was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Officer Mukhtar was 28 years old and had served over a year in the Department.

Stephanie Brown

END OF WATCH: March 15, 2011

AGE: 27

CAUSE: Traffic Accident (Automobile)

Officer Brown passed away on March 15, 2011, as a result of injuries she sustained when she was struck head-on by a wrong-way suspected DWI driver. Officer Brown was 27 years old and had served over 2 years in the Department.

Sergio Antillon

END OF WATCH: October 29, 2010

AGE: 27

CAUSE: Traffic Accident (Automobile)

Officer Antillon succumbed to injuries sustained two weeks earlier when he was struck by a drunk driver. Officer Antillon was 25 years old and had served 2 months on the Department.

Robert Davis

END OF WATCH: December 1, 2008

AGE: 26

CAUSE: Traffic Accident (Automobile)

Officer Davis was clearing an accident scene when he was struck by a passing vehicle.

Valentine “Val” Lopez

END OF WATCH: June 21, 2006

AGE: 54

CAUSE: Gunshot

On 2/27/1977, while responding to a call for a man with a gun at a bar, Officer Valentine “Val” Lopez was shot twice. One bullet struck his abdomen and the other his chest. Officer Lopez died as a result of complications from the bullet wound in his abdomen.

John Wheeler

END OF WATCH: October 14, 2005

AGE: 41

CAUSE: Traffic Accident (Automobile)

Officer John Wheeler was killed when a drunk driver traveling at more than 90mph rear-ended his Patrol car on SW Loop 410 near Culebra Road. The impact caused the Crown Victoria Patrol Car to explode, setting both cars on fire. Both drivers died at the scene.

Juan Antonio Morales

END OF WATCH: December 11, 2001

AGE: 33

CAUSE: Traffic Accident (Motorcycle)

Officer Morales was on his SAPD motorcycle on IH 10 W when he was side-swiped by a vehicle driven by a person suspected of being under the influence of alcohol. Officer Morales was taken to the hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.

Hector Garza

END OF WATCH: March 29, 2001

AGE: 48

CAUSE: Gunshot

John Anthony Riojas

END OF WATCH: February 3, 2001

AGE: 33

CAUSE: Gunshot

Officer Riojas was on routine patrol in a NW side apartment complex when he became involved in a foot pursuit of a suspect. A fight ensued, and during the fight, the suspect gained control of Officer Riojas’s service pistol and shot the officer. Officer Riojas was taken to the hospital, where he died.

Oscar D. Perez

END OF WATCH: March 24, 2000

AGE: 31

CAUSE: Gunshot

Officer Perez was in the process of executing an arrest warrant when he was shot and killed by the suspect.March 24, 2000

Michael C. McInnis

END OF WATCH: August 28, 1995

AGE: 25

CAUSE: Traffic Accident (Automobile)

Officer McInnis was pursuing suspects in a burglary in the NW Loop 410 area when his patrol car went out of control and crashed. Officer McInnis died from the injuries he sustained.

Fabian Dominguez

END OF WATCH: January 15, 1995

AGE: 29

CAUSE: Gunshot

Officer Dominguez was investigating the burglary of a residence when he was shot and killed by one of the suspects.

Rondall Sisco

END OF WATCH: September 22, 1992

AGE: 45

CAUSE: Traffic Accident (Motorcycle)

Officer Sisco, a Traffic Division motorcycle officer, was en route to the Central Substation when an automobile exiting the freeway struck his motorcycle. Officer Sisco died as a result of severe head injuries.

Douglas Goeble

END OF WATCH:

AGE: 26

CAUSE: Gunshot

Officer Goeble was eating dinner at a restaurant on East Commerce when a man and woman involved in a disturbance entered the establishment. Seeing Officer Goeble, the man shot him in the head, then turned and shot the woman. Both Officer Goeble and the woman died from their wounds.

Roger Henarie

END OF WATCH: April 13, 1990

AGE: 25

CAUSE: Traffic Accident (Automobile)

Officer Henarie was en route to cover another officer who chasing a suspect when Henarie’s patrol car crashed in the 4600 block of Callaghan Rd. He died as a result of the injuries he received.

Gary Lee Williams

END OF WATCH: March 27, 1989

AGE: 37

CAUSE: Gunshot

Patrolman Williams was responding to a suspicious vehicle call at 800 NE Loop 410. Shortly afterwards he reported over the radio he had been shot. He later died from his wounds.

Patricia Calderon

END OF WATCH: December 27, 1988

AGE: 26

CAUSE: Drowning

Patrolman Calderon was chasing a theft suspect on foot through the thick brush near Salado Creek at 2 in the morning. Because of poor visibility, she fell into the creek and drowned. Officer Calderon was the first female SAPD police officer to be killed in the line of duty.

Antonio Garcia

END OF WATCH: December 4, 1988

AGE: 26

CAUSE: Traffic Accident (Automobile)

Patrolman Garcia was responding to an officer in trouble call when his patrol car slid into a utility pole in the 6800 block of Culebra. Officer Garcia died as a result of his injuries.

Edwyn J. Gorrell

END OF WATCH: July 5, 1988

AGE: 34

CAUSE: Gunshot

Patrolman Gorrell was shot by a suspect he was trying to arrest in the 600 block of Navarro on 22 February, 1988. Gorrell died from his injuries on 5 July, 1988 after over 4 months in a coma.

Gilbert Ramirez

END OF WATCH: December 24, 1983

AGE: 34

CAUSE: Gunshot

Patrolman Ramirez was shot and killed by a shotgun-wielding assailant in the 200 block of Tedder while answering a family disturbance call.

Bernabe Salazar, Jr.

END OF WATCH: November 16, 1978

AGE: 31

CAUSE: Gunshot

Patrolman Salazar was shot and killed while attempting to serve a search warrant on a suspected narcotics law violator.

Eloy F. Gonzales

END OF WATCH: August 15, 1977

AGE: 27

CAUSE: Gunshot

Patrolman Gonzales was shot and killed in the early morning hours of August 15, 1977, as he stepped from his patrol car to investigate a sidewalk disturbance.

George Copeland III

END OF WATCH: September 13, 1975

AGE: 28

CAUSE: Traffic Accident (Automobile)

Patrolman Copeland and Patrolman Bennett were directing traffic at the scene of an accident when they were struck from behind and killed by another vehicle.

James Bennett, Jr.

END OF WATCH: September 13, 1975

AGE: 30

CAUSE: Traffic Accident (Automobile)

Patrolman Bennett was directing traffic around an accident when he and his partner, Patrolman George Copeland, were struck from behind by another vehicle.

James E. Anderson

END OF WATCH: July 1, 1975

AGE: 29

CAUSE: Gunshot

Detective Anderson was responding to a disturbance call on Pike Road when he was fired upon by someone in the house he was investigating. As he was seeking cover, a second shot hit and killed him.

Harry Brackman

END OF WATCH: June 27, 1974

AGE: 28

CAUSE: Traffic Accident (Motorcycle)

Patrolman Brackman was responding to an officer in trouble call (officer shot at) on IH 10 Access Road. Before reaching the scene, Patrolman Brackman lost control of his motorcycle and was thrown from the cycle to his death.

Russell Spannagel

END OF WATCH: June 30, 1973

AGE: 24

CAUSE: Gunshot

Patrolman Spannagel was conducting a routine follow-up investigation involving a suspect in an affray, when he was disarmed and fatally shot by a 37-year old man. Cover officers arrived at the scene to find the assailant standing over Officer Spannagel’s body, still holding the gun.

George Ellis Jacobs

END OF WATCH: January 14, 1973

AGE: 32

CAUSE: Gunshot

Patrolman Jacobs surprised a man who was fleeing on foot from a gas station he had just robbed of $50. The assailant fired at point-blank range, mortally wounding Patrolman Jacobs as he stepped from his patrol car. Jacobs died four days later. The robber was later captured.

Antonio T. Canales

END OF WATCH: May 18, 1972

AGE: 29

CAUSE: Gunshot

Patrolman Canales was shot with a shotgun while attempting to apprehend two men who were suspected of the robbery of a service station on Frio City Road. Patrolman Canales, mortally wounded, shot his own weapon at the fleeing suspects, causing their automobile to swerve off the road and crash. The suspects were apprehended, but Canales died a short time later.

Guadalupe J. Martinez

END OF WATCH: September 4, 1970

AGE: 23

CAUSE: Gunshot

Patrolman Martinez responded to a neighborhood shooting call at Santiago and Chupaderas Streets. He was shot to death by an elderly man as the officer tried to talk the man into giving up the gun. The assailant was himself shot to death in the exchange of gunfire with Patrolman Martinez and Patrolman Serbantez.

Richard M. Cuellar

END OF WATCH: August 2, 1968

AGE: 37

CAUSE: Gunshot

Patrolman Cuellar was returning three youths to the Juvenile Bureau when, upon his arrival at the Police Parking Lot, he met another Patrolman who had another of the juvenile burglary suspects in custody. That 14-year-old juvenile produced a .22-caliber pistol as he escaped from the patrol car and ran into Officer Cuellar, who attempted to block his escape. The assailant pulled the trigger five times, with four successive misfires before a bullet entered Cuellar’s heart. Both officers then fired on the assailant, who was fatally wounded. Officer Cuellar died less than an hour later.

Winston A. Culpepper

END OF WATCH: September 11, 1954

AGE: 32

CAUSE: Traffic Accident (Automobile)

Patrolman Culpepper was investigating a fatal traffic accident in the 3300 block of Southwest Military Drive. As he was in the process of measuring skidmarks he was struck and killed by a passing vehicle.

Otto Hillock

END OF WATCH: October 18, 1945

AGE: 42

CAUSE: Traffic Accident (Motorcycle)

Investigator Hillock, patrolling on a motorcycle, was involved in a collision with a bicyclist in the 2100 block of South Presa. In an effort to avoid the bicyclist, Hillock lost control of his motorcycle and was killed as a result of severe head injuries.

Michael Ellis, Jr.

END OF WATCH: May 11, 1944

AGE: 27

CAUSE: Gunshot

Detective Ellis was responding to a disturbance call in the 100 block of Nebraska when his police car was fired upon. Ellis’ partner was wounded, and Ellis pursued the offender on foot to the 700 block of South Walnut Street, where he was shot by the fugitive. The man then turned the weapon on himself and committed suicide.

Frederick Coblentz

END OF WATCH: November 8, 1942

AGE: 26

CAUSE: Traffic Accident (Automobile)

Coblentz, a Probationary Patrolman at the time of his death, was escorting an ambulance in his patrol car when he was involved in a collision with another vehicle at the intersection of Goliad and Water Streets (where Hemisfair Park is now). Before entering the Police Academy in 1942, Coblentz had served SAPD as a civilian Ambulance Driver and City Jail Fingerprint Man.

Julius Alberson

END OF WATCH: December 4, 1941

AGE: 29

CAUSE: Gunshot

Patrolman Alberson was attempting to arrest five persons charged with disturbing the peace. In the 500 block of East Commerce Street the offenders managed to disarm Alberson, shot him with his own pistol, and fled the scene. Patrolman Alberson, the first black SAPD officer to die in the line of duty, had been on the Department less than ten months, and was 29 years of age at the time of his death.

Agnal Edwards

END OF WATCH: January 16, 1937

AGE: 33

CAUSE: Gunshot

Patrolman Edwards was on his motorcycle when he spotted and pursued a vehicle wanted as having been involved in a holdup. After Edwards stopped the wanted vehicle in the 400 block of Jones Ave, one of the “hi-jacking” suspects fired from the vehicle, hitting and killing Patrolman Edwards.

Earl Kanning

END OF WATCH: December 24, 1938

AGE: 31

CAUSE: Traffic Accident (Motorcycle)

Patrolman Kanning suffered severe head injuries when his police motorcycle skidded on wet pavement at South St. Mary’s and Perida on December 23, 1938. He died on Christmas Eve, 1938.

Henry Perrow

END OF WATCH: December 11, 1933

AGE: 56

CAUSE: Gunshot

Detective Perrow was pursuing a member of the Dillinger Gang, and cornered the fugitive in an alley off the 400 block of East Commerce. During the gunbattle that ensued, Perrow was wounded and died.

John Stowe

END OF WATCH: December 3, 1936

AGE: 57

CAUSE: Gunshot

Patrolman Stowe was in a bar in the 400 block of East Commerce, when the bartender, recognizing Stowe to be a policeman, informed him that a male patron in the bar was armed. Stowe attempted to disarm and arrest the subject, but was himself shot and killed in the process.

Raleigh Taylor

END OF WATCH: December 25, 1930

AGE: 28

CAUSE: Traffic Accident (Motorcycle)

Patrolman Taylor was operating a police motorcycle when he was involved in a major accident sustaining injuries causing his death.

Peter Scrivano

END OF WATCH: May 28, 1931

AGE: 38

CAUSE: Gunshot

Patrolman Scrivano was investigating a traffic accident on Produce Row at Pecos Street, when one of the drivers involved in the collision drew a pistol and shot the policeman. Before he died, Scrivano managed to draw his service revolver and wounded his assailant, who died the next week.

Louis Grobe

END OF WATCH: March 22, 1930

AGE: 26

CAUSE: Traffic Accident (Motorcycle)

Patrolman Grobe was on his motorcycle when he observed a traffic violation. He was in pursuit of the violator when at Romana Plaza and Soledad Street he collided, head-on, with an on-coming vehicle and was killed.

Theodore Boynton

END OF WATCH: July 29, 1930

AGE: 35

CAUSE: Gunshot

Patrolman Boynton, though not on duty, was riding to town on a Culebra Ave. bus, when a bandit boarded the bus and drew a gun on the driver. Boynton scuffled with the bandit and both fell out the bus door, stunning Boynton on the head. The bandit then shot Boynton and fled. Boynton died the following Tuesday at Santa Rosa Infirmary.

Sam Street

END OF WATCH: September 10, 1927

AGE: 60

CAUSE: Gunshot

Chief of Detectives Street was investigating a tip that a notorious bandit, John M. (Pete) McKenzie, alias “The Lone Eagle”, was about to stage a holdup of the Piggly Wiggly Food Store at San Pedro and West Laurel. McKenzie shot Chief Street at that location, and Street died the next day.

Robert White

END OF WATCH: November 10, 1927

AGE: 31

CAUSE: Gunshot

Detective White was investigating a suspicious person report at East Houston and Cherry, when the subject broke and ran into a grocery store. White gave chase, was fired upon, and was killed.

Joseph Pedraza

END OF WATCH: October 6, 1924

AGE: 45

CAUSE: Gunshot

Patrolman Pedraza was investigating a disturbance on East Commerce Street when he was accidentally shot and killed by a Military Police Officer who was assisting in the investigation.

Frank East

END OF WATCH: June 11, 1917

AGE: Unknown

CAUSE: Traffic Accident (Motorcycle)

Patrolman Frank East was riding his motorcycle on Commerce Street, on duty, when a bicyclist pulled out in front of him, causing East to swerve and lose control of his motorcycle. East suffered fatal head injuries from the accident.

Robert Lee Harris

END OF WATCH: August 13, 1916

AGE: Unknown

CAUSE: Motorcycle crash

Alfred Victor Bonnet

END OF WATCH: February 26, 1913

AGE: Unknown

CAUSE: Motorcycle crash

Charles D. Artzt

END OF WATCH: March 30, 1913

AGE: 43

CAUSE: Gunshots

Officer Artzt was attempting to arrest a man who had stolen a coat out of vehicle on Main Avenue. A struggle ensued and the suspect fired two shots from a pistol pointblank into Officer Artzt’s abdomen.

Miguel Cantu

END OF WATCH: November 30, 1907

AGE: Unknown

CAUSE: Gunfire

William M. Lacey

END OF WATCH: November 29, 1900

AGE: 28

CAUSE: Gunshot (Accidental)

Patrolman Lacey was shot and killed accidentally by the person he was assigned to protect during a labor dispute. The incident took place at the intersection of St. Mary’s and Travis.

Solomon White

END OF WATCH: September 23, 1873

AGE: 33

CAUSE: Bite (Rabid Dog)

In July 1873, Policeman Solomon White was bit by a rabid dog while on duty. Policeman White would eventually die from his injury with cause of death being Hydrophobia.

Van Ness Wells

END OF WATCH: September 22, 1867

AGE: 36

CAUSE: Stabbed

Patrolman Van Ness Wells , while walking back for relief from Arsenal and South Main Street, ran across a drunken man lying on the ground. While attempting to arrest the violator, Wells was stabbed. He died the following day.

Frederick Fieldstrup

END OF WATCH: May 29, 1857

AGE: Unknown

CAUSE: Gunshot

Officer Fieldstrup was assigned to watch a bad man named Bill Hart. When Fieldstrup approached Hart, an argument started and both men pulled their pistols and shot. Both were killed in the gun battle.