Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Alleged Assassin Of San Antonio Deputy Arrested

San Antonio authorities announced the arrest of a man they believe responsible for the assassination of a Bexar County Sheriff's Deputy. MySanAntonio.com has this bit on the suspect:

His criminal record did not appear to be related to Vann's killing, nor does the fact that he applied in 2003 to be a San Antonio police officer, Ortiz said. Gonzales passed the entrance exam, officials said, but was put on a waiting list that expired before his application went further.

“There's no indication that (any) drug cartel was involved,” Ortiz said Monday. “There's no indication that it was a gang initiation. This individual seemed to be a loner and didn't really associate with too many people.”

This is one of the weirdest cop killings I have seen in quite a long time. Most police officers expect danger from someone they have had a confrontation with. But there are no indications that there had ever been any contact between the suspect and Sgt. Vann.

This killing lends credence to the belief that there is an increasing lack of respect for law enforcement and consequently, more offenders are willing to assault police officers. This may be part of the reason for the increase in firearms as the cause of line of duty deaths in 2010.

To quote the immortal words of Sgt. Phil Esterhaus "Let's be careful out there."

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