September 24, 2007
Officer Down: Detective Mario Moreno
Officer Down: Mario Moreno - [San Antonio , Texas]
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Additional Information: Detective Moreno had served with the San Antonio Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and two young children.
Incident Details: 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.
The detective, along with other officers assigned to the Repeat Offender Program, went to an apartment complex where the suspect was hiding. With the assistance of the shooting victim, the suspect was lured out into the parking lot. When the suspect spotted the officers, he fled on foot, with Detective Moreno in close pursuit. During the chase, the suspect drew a shotgun and opened fire, striking Detective Moreno in the face. Other officers returned fire, killing the suspect.
He was transported to University Hospital, but died from his wounds a short time later.
End of Watch: Friday, September 21, 2007
Tex. officer killed in shootout while chasing suspect
SAN ANTONIO — An 11-year veteran with the San Antonio Police Department was killed Friday in a shootout.
Authorities say Detective Mario Moreno was struck in the face with a shotgun blast while he and other officers chased a suspect involved in an earlier shooting at an apartment complex.
Moreno, 37, was taken to University Hospital, where he later died. The suspected gunman, who was not identified, was shot and killed by police during the chase.
"I'm heartbroken right now," Police Chief William McManus told the San Antonio Express-News. "It is a stark wake-up call."
Funeral arrangements were pending for Moreno, who leaves behind a wife and two children, ages 3 and 11.
Moreno is the 48th San Antonio police officer killed in the line of duty, authorities said.