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"Officer Down"

Assault Weapons and the War on Law Enforcement

Section Three: Selected Incidents of Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty by Assault Weapons, 1998 Through 2001

Date: March 29, 2001

Location: San Antonio, Texas

Assault Weapon: M-11 assault pistol

On March 29, 2001, San Antonio Police Officer Hector Garza, age 48, was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance report. Jessica Garcia, age 21, had called police to ask for an officer's protection while she moved out of her home. When Garcia's husband, Frank, learned of her plans, he drove home and killed both Jessica and Officer Garza�a 25-year police veteran�by shooting them both in the head with an M-11 assault pistol. Frank Garcia, 28, was arrested at the scene and charged with two counts of capital murder and three counts of attempted murder. Garcia was convicted of the murders in February 2002.

Bill Hendricks, "Cop's Slaying Stuns City," San Antonio Express-News, March 30, 2001; "Garcia Gets Death Penalty; Cop Killer Sentenced," San Antonio Express-News, February 12, 2002.


Each weapon shown is representative of the brand or model of assault weapon and is not a picture of the specific weapon used in the shooting described in the narrative.

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