Monday, May 24, 2010

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

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