Monday, May 24, 2010

Lieutenant John P. Frisco

Lieutenant John Paul Frisco
Windcrest Police Department, TX
Born: 1946
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
End of Watch: Friday, December 13, 1985
Date of Incident: Friday, December 13, 1985
Age: 39
Badge Number: 121
Tour of Duty: Over 11 years
Suspect Info: Pablo Guzman Salinas, Sentenced to 25 years for Murder
Weapon Used: Vehicle
Buried: Sunset Memorial
Location of Name on National and Texas Monuments
NLEOMF: P11 - E16
TPOM: 29, C, 05

Lieutenant Frisco was working a uniformed, off-duty security detail at Jus' Country Club when a woman reported a man trying to break into cars. Lieutenant Frisco located the suspicious man standing in the parking lot by a blue pick up truck. Lieutenant Frisco approached the truck in an attempt to question the man suspected of vehicle burglary. The door to the truck was opened with the suspect standing nearby. Lieutenant Frisco told the man to stop, but the suspect jumped inside the truck and drove away. Lieutenant Frisco grabbed onto the truck rails. The truck reached speeds of more than 60 miles per hour with Lieutenant Frisco clinging to the left side of the truck bed. The suspect weaved through traffic in an effort to dislodge Lieutenant Frisco. After traveling three blocks, Lieutenant Frisco lost his grip and fell to the pavement in front of Roosevelt High School at the 5000 block of Walzem; where he was run over by an approaching vehicle that was unable to stop.

The suspect remained at large for almost 20 years. A suspect in an unrelated drug case informed San Antonio detectives, Pablo Guzman Salinas, was the suspect involved with Lieutenant Frisco's case. In 2001, after investigation, Pablo Guzman Salinas was located and found to still possess the blue pick up truck in his drive way, hidden under a tarp. On April 28, 2003, Pablo Guzman Salinas plead guilty and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Lieutenant Frisco was survived by four children. Lieutenant Frisco joined Windcrest Police on July 10, 1974.

The Windcrest Optimist Club established the John Paul Frisco Law Enforcement Award on May 6, 1986 in honor and memory of Lieutenant Frisco. The award is given to those who have contributed to the Law Enforcement profession, community, and endeavors.-----Windcrest Police Department's website

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