Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Officer Stephanie Ann Brown

Officer Stephanie A. Brown
San Antonio Police Department, TX
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
End of Watch: Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Date of Incident: Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Age: 27
Badge Number: 802
Tour of Duty: 3 yr
Suspect Info: Christopher Baldaramos
Weapon Used: Vehicle
Buried: Reserrection Cemetery
Location of Name on National and Texas Monuments

On March 15, 2011 Officer Stephanie Ann Brown, 27, was responding to a call, driving south on the upper level of the interstate 35 about 2 a.m. A sport utility vehicle driven by 31-year-old Christopher Baldaramos who was on probation for a DWI charge, drove his SUV head-on into Officer Brown's patrol car while going the wrong way without headlights on Interstate 35 downtown near McCullough Avenue. Baldoramos was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses said Baldaramos was speeding without his headlights on. Officer Brown's fellow officers arrived on scene and made every effort to work on the critically injured Brown until EMS arrived. Officer Brown was transported to University Hospital where she died about 2:50 a.m. Investigators later said they found a bar receipt on Baldaramos' body.

Officer Brown was a three-year SAPD veteran and had been working a shift for a fellow officer. Officer Brown was a proud mother of a baby girl and a was a second-generation police officer. Officer Brown's father still actively working as a San Antonio Police Officer out of West Patrol at the time of Officer Brown's death. Officer Brown is the department's second female officer to die in the line of duty. She is also the third San Antonio police officer in six months to be injured or killed in a suspected drunken driving.

Officer Brown was born in Bitburg, Germany, the oldest of three children. Officer Brown graduated from Southwest High School, Class of 2002. She was a member of the National Honor Society and a scholar athlete, participating with the Track, Cross Country and Soccer teams, having lettered in all three sports. Officer Brown graduated from The University of Texas at Austin on May 8, 2007 with a degree in Kinesiology. She attended the San Antonio Police Academy beginning in May of 2008, graduating on December 18, 2008, with her 2008-B class. She was a member of the San Antonio Hispanic Police Officers Organization and the San Antonio Police Officers Association. At the time of her death Officer Brown was survived by her parents, Stanley and Shawn Brown; companion, Roger De La Rosa and their daughter, Audrey; brothers, Eric Brown and Evan Brown; grandparents, Margaret and Roy Brown and Rita DeCosta; aunts and uncles, Scheryl and Randy Mitte, Stephen and Dawn Brown, Michael and Rosa Brown, Georgia Rudolph, Floyd and Cynthia Brown, Allan and Antoinette Brown, Pat DeCosta, Natalie Goodin, Faith Goodin, Margo Goodin and Nigel Goodin.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Officer Sergio A. Antillon

Officer Sergio Arturo Antillo
San Antonio Police Department, TX
Born: El Paso, Tx, April 3, 1985
Cause of Death: Struck by DWI motorist
End of Watch: Thursday, October 29, 2010
Date of Incident: Thursday, October 14, 2010
Age: 25
Badge Number: 224
Tour of Duty: Graduated August 20, 2010 SAPD Academy
Suspect Info: Sandra Coy Briggs, charged with Intoxication Manslaughter
Weapon Used: Automobile; Alcohol involved
Buried: Resurrection Cemetery at Cordi-Marian
Location of Name on National and Texas Monuments

On October 14, 2010 Officer Sergio Antillon, was headed home following his shift around 3 a.m. when he noticed a stranded motorist in the 7500 block of NW Loop 410, near West Military Drive. Antillon and the motorist were out of their vehicles. An on-duty San Antonio police officer also stopped to help. As the on-duty officer walked toward the scene from one side, Sandra Coy Briggs, who was at the time under the influence, drove toward the scene from the other side and plowed into the group hitting both Officer Antillon and the motorist. Briggs missed hitting the on-duty officer but managed to strike his patrol car. The motorist was thrown over the guardrail and Officer Antillon was slammed into the guardrail.

Officer Antillon was transported to University Hospital and under went surgery in an attempt to save his life. Officer Antillon remained unconscious until his death.

Sandra Coy Briggs, 58, was charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter. Briggs was being held in the Bexar County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $60,000.

"He stopped while going home off the late shift at 3 a.m. and stopped to assist someone on the highway, and yet, unfortunately, regrettably, he's struck by someone who's impaired," Police Chief William McManus.

McManus praised the Officer Antillon for his actions said he did everything correctly.

Officer Antillon was survived by his parents, grandparents, sisters, nieces, nephews and girlfriend.

Monday, May 24, 2010

In honor of those who gave all...

The purpose of this blog is to preserve the memory of Texas Peace Officer's killed in the line of duty within Bexar County. It has been a long journey researching the stories of each officer. In researching each story and finding the details of their tragic sacrifice, we have discovered intresting information on some. Starting on the first day of National Law Enforcement Week May, 9 to May 15, 2010; 10 or 11 random officers' stories will be posted until we have placed all 73 officers. There after, their story will be republished on the aniversary date they were taken from us, preffered with information about their life as we continue to gather new information.

This journey has been touching as I came across paths with the mother of one of our officers; who stated not only did she lose her oldest daughter but her youngest son. Each serving as Texas Peace Officer's, one from San Antonio Police Department and the other with Bexar County Sheriff's Office. Her daughter was the first female officer killed in the line of duty and her son was killed as a result of a domestic situation. She stated she had prayed no one forget her children. Ms. Calderon was informed they never will be.....but I ask those who knew any of our officers or have any information about our officers, please emaill to or visit us on Facebook.

Officer Robert A. Davis

Officer Robert A. Davis
San Antonio Police Department, TX
Born: July 26, 1982
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
End of Watch: Monday, December 1, 2008
Date of Incident: Friday, November 28, 2008
Age: 26
Badge Number: 1256
Tour of Duty: 1 yr
Suspect Info: Not Available
Weapon Used: Not Available
Buried: Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
Location of Name on National and Texas Monuments

Officer Robert Davis succumbed to injuries sustained four days earlier when he was struck by a patrol car while clearing flares at the scene of an earlier accident.

A nearby officer was responding to backup another officer at a shoplifting call when his patrol car collided with another vehicle near the intersection of Potranco Road and Hunt Lane. The collision knocked the patrol car into Officer Davis.

Officer Davis was transported to a local hospital where he was put on life support. He was removed from life support four days later and died as a result of his injuries.

The officer driving the patrol car was also seriously injured in the crash.

Officer Davis had served with the San Antonio Police Department for 1 year. He is survived by his wife, of whom he was married to for one year.-----source San Antonio Express News

Obituary from the San Antonio Express-News:
Officer Robert A. Davis, age 26, passed away on Monday, December 1, 2008. Robert served his God, proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and dedicated himself to his community as a San Antonio Police Officer. He was an exceptional person, always caring and loving. Robert was very devoted to his wife, Simona and family. He is survived by his beloved wife, Simona Davis; his two mutts, Peter and Paul; his Mom and Dad, Romeo and Isabel Rosales; his loving family: Alfredo and Libni, Soraya and Selma Ortiz Valles; Romeo, Deodelee and Romeito Rosales; Wendy and Rickey Rosales; his Mother, Rita Carter; sisters: Samantha Davis and Georgia Clinton; Aunt Tracy Brown and numerous other family members.

Served as a Cpl. in the U.S. Marine Corps. and was a Verteran of the Persian Gulf War.

Detective Mario Moreno

Detective Mario Moreno
San Antonio Police Department, TX
Born: July 22, 1970
Cause of Death: Gunfire
End of Watch: Friday, September 21, 2007
Date of Incident: Friday, September 21, 2007
Age: 37
Badge Number: 2459
Tour of Duty: 11 yrs
Suspect Info: Jimmy Garcia, Shot and killed
Weapon Used: Shotgun
Buried: Unknown
Location of Name on National and Texas Monuments

Detective Mario Moreno was shot and killed while attempting to serve an arrest warrant on a suspect who had shot his girlfriend the previous day.

At 1:45 p.m. Detective Moreno, along with other officers assigned to the Repeat Offender Program, went to the Villas of St. Moritz at 7221 Lamb Road, apartment complex where the Jimmy Garcia was hiding. With the assistance of a person who new Garcia, the suspect was lured out into the parking lot. When the Garcia spotted the officers, he fled on foot, with Detective Moreno in close pursuit. During the chase, the Garcia drew a concealed shotgun that was pressed against his body and opened fire, striking Detective Moreno in the face. Other officers returned fire, killing Garcia. ---source San Antonio Express News

Detective Moreno was transported to University Hospital, but died from his wounds a short time later.

Detective Moreno was survived by his loving wife of 12 years, his son (age 8) and his daughter (age 4), father and mother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brothers and sisters.

Detective Moreno was born on July 22, 1970 in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from McCollum High School, Mario enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served in Operation Desert Shield/Storm and completed 4 years of honorable service.

Detective Moreno's life ambition was to "give back to his community" of San Antonio. While completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice at Wayland Baptist University, He joined the San Antonio Police Department in 1996. He had recently been promoted to detective in June 2007. -----source Officer Moreno's obituary

Officer Valentine D. Lopez

Officer Valentine (Val) D. Lopez Jr.
San Antonio Police Department, TX
Born: 1952
Cause of Death: Gunfire
End of Watch: Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Date of Incident: Thursday, February 17, 1977
Age: 54
Badge Number: 287
Tour of Duty: 31 years
Suspect Info: Jack Barber; Sentenced to life
Weapon Used: Handgun
Buried: Mission Park South Cemetery
Location of Name on National and Texas Monuments

On February 17, 1977, Officer Val Lopez, Jr., responded to a call in regards to a man with a gun at a bar. He was initially the cover officer but was closer, so he reached the scene first. According to witnesses, as soon as Officer Lopez entered the bar, the suspect began to shoot. Officer Lopez was shot twice. One bullet struck his abdomen and the other hit his badge first before striking his chest.

The suspect was identified as 41-year-old Jack Barber. He was charged and convicted with attempt to Commit Capital Murder. He was sentenced to life in prison and has since died.

While Officer Lopez eventually returned to duty and served another 29 years, he never fully recovered from the wound to his abdomen. Officer Lopez developed complications during surgery and died on June 21, 2006.

Officer Lopez leaves behind a wife and two daughters. He was buried in the Mission Park South Cemetery in San Antonio.

Officer Lopez served as a Sergeant First Calvary Division in the U.S. Army. Officer Lopez joined SAPD on August 15, 1975; his assignments included Patrol Division, Repeat Offenders Unit, Intelligence Unit, and Narcotics Unit. ----source San Antonio Express News and Officer Lopez’s obituary

Officer John R. Wheeler

Officer John Randolph Wheeler
San Antonio Police Department, TX
Born: April 2, 1964
Cause of Death: Vehicular Assault
End of Watch: Friday, October 14, 2005
Date of Incident: Friday, October 14, 2005
Age: 41
Badge Number: 1093
Tour of Duty: 12 years
Suspect Info: Killed in the accident
Weapon Used: Automobile; Alcohol involved
Buried: Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
Location of Name on National and Texas Monuments

Officer John Wheeler was killed in an automobile accident when his patrol car was struck from behind by a 1994 Chevrolet Caprice that was traveling at an estimated 100 mph on Loop 410 near Culebra. Officer Wheeler was running radar at the time of the 2:00 am crash. Both vehicles burst into flames after the impact.

Officer Wheeler was able to send a distress signal from his radio after the collision but was trapped in the vehicle and unable to respond to dispatch. Officer Wheeler's wife was the dispatcher who received the distress call initiated a GPS search and located his vehicle. Emergency crews where unable to rescue him from his burning cruiser. The other driver, who had a BAC over twice the legal limit, was also killed.

In 2003, he had been shot and wounded in the line of duty while responding to a robbery call. Officer Wheeler received the Purple Heart for "Valor in the Line of Duty". He was struck in the neck and leg by 2 of 21 bullets fired at him by men with AK-47s as they fled a robbery.

Officer John Wheeler is survived by his wife Kim Wheeler and two daughters Shayla and Mariah from his first marriage.

Officer Wheeler was born in Montague, Massachusetts to Clifford and Margaret Wheeler. He had two siblings, Jeff Wheeler and Nicole Wheeler Bender. He was married to Kimberly Wheeler, a dispatcher for the SAPD. Officer Wheeler served in the U.S. Air Force for 11 years. He was a veteran of the Persian Gulf War ----source San Antonio Express News

On August 16, 2008, The City of San Antonio renamed Chestnut Springs Park to Officer John Randolph Wheeler Park located 10239 Ingram Road, in honor of Officer Wheeler.

Served as a SSGT in the U.S. Air Force and was a Verteran of the Persian Gulf War.