Thursday, May 20, 2010
Officer Antonio T. Cananles
Officer Antonio Trevino Canales
San Antonio Police Department, TX
Born: September 11, 1942
Cause of Death: Gunfire
End of Watch: Thursday, May 18, 1972
Date of Incident: Thursday, May 18, 1972
Badge Number: 773
Tour of Duty: 3 years
Suspect Info: Both men convicted; shooter was given 1,000 years.
Weapon Used: Sawed-off shotgun
Buried: San Fernando Cemetery #2
Location of Name on National and Texas Monuments
NLEOMF: P27 - W11
TPOM: 32, C, 12
Officer Canales stopped a vehicle on the 1200 block of Frio Rd. As Officer Canales approached the vehicle, the passenger shot Officer Canales in the chest using a 50 birdshot shotgun. Officer Canales fell and returned six shots at the vehicle departing. The occupants of the vehicle were Eugene Spencer and Edwin H. Bates and had committed a couple of convenient store robberies minutes earlier. As Spencer and Bates were fleeing, they lowered their heads to avoid Officer Canales's shots. The vehicle struck the expressway support of Hwy 90. Both Spencer and Bates bailed out of the vehicle to hide from police. Officer Canales crawled to his patrol unit to radio for assistance. As officers arrived, Bates gave himself up to police. Spencer was located the next day. Officer Canales died a short time later.
Officer Canales was survived by his wife and two sons.
Officer Canales attended Burbank High School, where he dropped out in the 10th grade. Officer Canales began to work for San Antonio as a City Garbage man and worked his way up to Supervisor in the Public Works Department. While working there he studied and received his GED. After he joined the San Antonio Police Department, Det. Tony Montalvo SAPD and Instructor at the Academy had this to say about Officer Canales. "One of the quietest, most polite kids we have ever had to go through the Police Academy. He never said a cross word and he never complained." -----source San Antonio Express News