Sunday, May 23, 2010

Detective Bernabe Salazar

Detective Bernabe "Bernie" Salazar Jr.
San Antonio Police Department, TX
Born: January 11, 1947
Cause of Death: Gunfire
End of Watch: Thursday, November 16, 1978
Date of Incident: Thursday, November 16, 1978
Age: 31
Badge Number: 98
Tour of Duty: 10 years
Suspect Info: Charged with capital murder, Paroled after 30 years
Weapon Used: 9 mm handgun
Buried: San Fernando Cemetery #2
Location of Name on National and Texas Monuments
NLEOMF: P62 - W13
TPOM: 12, C, 02

Detective Salazar and Bexar County Deputy Frank Ashton, members of a city-county metro narcotics task force, were in street clothes serving a warrant on Nava Walk in the San Juan Homes. The officers knocked on the door, but their guns were not drawn. Federico LoSaya fired two shots from a 9mm through the door struck Officer Salazar under the eye and mortally wounded him. Deputy Ashton was wounded in the head by the fragments from the shot that struck Officer Salazar, but he dragged Officer Salazar away after he fell. Officer Salazar was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Federico LoSaya, 28, was apprehended and charged with capital murder. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison, but has since been paroled.

Officer Salazar was survived by his wife and two children. ---- source San Antonio Express News and ODMP website

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