Web Blast Extra: Cop In The Polictical Crosshairs
By Paul Woodward
In honor and in memoriam of police officers and U.S. border agents who have been killed in the line of duty at the hands of illegal immigrants:
Agent Brian A. Terry, U.S. Border Patrol
December 13, 2010: Agent Terry came under fire from a group of Mexican drug smugglers, while working an elite unit, similar to SWAT in the rugged mountains north of Nogales. Agent Terry was killed and four of the five suspects were taken into custody. Agent Terry was a former Detroit Police Officer and former Marine.
Agent Terry leaves behind his girlfriend and family members.
Agent Robert Rosas, U.S. Border Patrol
July 24, 2009: Agent Robert Rosas responded to a border incursion in the Campo area of San Diego County when he was shot multiple times and died at the scene. The suspects were arrested several days later in the San Jose area when they sought medical treatment for a gunshot wound as a result of the gun battle with Agent Rosas. The suspects were tracked by Agent Rosas’s cell phone the suspects took from him.
Agent Rosas left behind a wife and two small children.
Officer Shane Figueroa, Phoenix Police Department
October 25, 2008: Officer Figueroa was responding to a “shots fired” call when a pick-up truck driven by Mexican national Salvador Vivas-Diaz, who was drunk at the time, hit his patrol car. Vivas-Diaz had a history of DUI arrests and had been previously deported.
Officer Figueroa left behind a wife and a 3-month-old baby.
Officer Andrew Widman, Fort Myers Police Department
July 18, 2008: Officer Widman responded to a domestic disturbance call at a local convenience store when Cuban national Abel Arango turned on Officer Widman and shot him to death. The illegal alien, who was then shot and killed by other officers, had actually been ordered to be deported in 2000.
Officer Widman, left behind a wife and three children
Officer Gary Gryder, Houston Police Department
June 29, 2008: Officer Gryder was working traffic control when drunken Vietnamese national Hing Trong crashed through a construction barrier and ran over him. Officer Gryder was taken to the hospital where he later died of his injuries. Several witnesses claimed Trong was laughing as he was taken into custody. Officer Gryder was a 23-year veteran of the Houston Police Dept.
Officer Gryder left behind a wife and three children.
Officer Nick Erfle, Phoenix Police Department
September 18, 2007: Officer Erfle stopped a group of men who were obstructing traffic, one of the men, Mexican national Erik Martinez then shot and killed him. Martinez had been deported in 2006 for theft charges, but was able to easily re-enter the U.S.
Officer Erfle left behind a wife and two children.
Officer Vincent Owen D’Anna, Flint Police Department
August 29, 2007: Drunk driver and Mexican national, Ramon Felix Pineda, hit Officer D’Anna who was riding his motorcycle off-duty. Pineda dragged Officer D’Anna who was pinned under his car for some distance. Pineda jumped from his car and fled on foot, until a citizen apprehended him. It was discovered Pineda had been living in the U.S. for 10 years.
Officer DπAnna was 26 years old.
Officer Gregory Bailey, California Highway Patrol
February 25, 2006: While on a routine traffic stop, Domingo Esqueda hit and killed Officer Bailey. Esqueda’s BAC was three times the legal limit. When he was killed, Officer Bailey was also a member of the California National Guard and had just returned from Iraq.
Officer Bailey left behind a wife and four children.
Deputy Brian Tephord, Broward County Sheriffπs Department
November 12, 2006: While on a traffic stop and sitting in his car running the suspectπs information, Bahamian nationals Andre Delancey and Bernard Forbes opened fire on Deputy Tephord. He was taken to the hospital where he died an hour later. Delancey should have been deported after a 2004 arrest on gun charges, but was allowed to remain in the U.S.
Deputy Tephord left behind a wife and three young children.
Deputy Loren Lily, Cobb County Sheriff’s Department
December 31, 2006: Illegal alien Joel Camacho Perea drove into Deputy Lilyπs path, hitting and killing him. Perea fled the scene, but was later captured and charged with hit-and-run and vehicular homicide.
Deputy Lily left behind his wife and two godchildren.
Detective Donald Young, Denver Police Department
May 8, 2005: Detective Young was working at an event hall when Raul Garcia-Gomez shot him to death in an unprovoked attack. The Mexican national had already been arrested three times when he murdered Detective Young, but because of Denverπs “sanctuary policy” he was never reported to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Garcia-Gomez actually worked in a restaurant owned by Denver Mayor Hickenlooper, who has been a longtime champion of sanctuary policies.
Detective Young left behind a wife and three children.
Deputy Brandy Lyn Winfield, Marion County Sheriff’s Department
October 14, 2004: Deputy Winfield was called to investigate a disabled vehicle, and had stopped to talk to two men on the side of the road. One of the men, Juan Carlos Cruz shot and killed him. Cruz pleaded guilty to the murder and has never expressed any remorse for his actions.
Deputy Winfield left behind a wife and two children.
Officer Matthew Pavelka, Burbank Police Department
November 15, 2003: Officer Pavelka was killed and his partner, Gregory Campbell, was seriously injured during a shootout with two suspects who fired nearly 30 rounds at the officers. Officers had stopped the vehicle in a crime-infested area and called for back up when the gunfire erupted. Officers killed one of the fugitives, Ramon Aranda during the gun battle. The second shooter, David Garcia, fled to Mexico where he remained for nearly two weeks before Mexican authorities expelled him as an “undesirable” citing his US citizenship.
Itπs important to note Mexico historically refuses to deport, expel or extradite anyone with a Mexican surname. Itπs believed this expulsion was accomplished only because of the extremely adverse publicity Mexico has received as it relates to their indicated refusal to extradite Armando Garcia (no relation) for the murder of Deputy David March on April 29, 2002.
Officer Tony Zeppetella, Oceanside Police Department
June 13, 2003: Previously deported gang member Adrian Camacho shot Officer Zeppetella 13 times during a routine traffic stop. Camacho received the death penalty for the murder.
Officer Zeppetella left behind a wife and a 6-month-old son.
Ranger Kris Eggle, U.S. National Park Service
August 9, 2002: Ranger Eggle was killed by Mexican drug dealers while on duty in Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Park. Eggle was attempting to apprehend two smugglers after Mexican authorities notified him the two had crossed the border and were headed into the park. One of the drug dealers opened fire on Ranger Eggle with an AK-47. He died before a medical helicopter could arrive. Mexican police officers shot and killed Eggle’s murderer.
Ranger Eggle left behind his parents and sister.
Deputy David March, Los Angeles County Sheriffπs Department
April 29, 2002: Deputy March was shot and killed during a traffic stop by Armando Garcia, aka Daniel Garcia and “Chato”. The suspect fled to Mexico within hours and admitted killing Deputy March to numerous acquaintances. Garcia had previously vowed to kill any police officer that tried to arrest him. In Following a joint investigation by US Marshals and Mexican federal agents, Garcia was arrested in Mexico in February 2006. He was extradited to California and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 2007.
Deputy March left behind his wife and stepdaughter.
Detective Hugo Arango, Doroville Police Department
May 13, 2000: Detective Arango was shot and killed after a club patron alerted him to group of men breaking into cars outside of a nightclub. Illegal alien Bautista Ramierez shot Detective Arango four times after he and two others were being detained and the detective was searching them for weapons. Ramirez then executed the detective, intentionally placing the last two shots through his badge and head. Ramirez was quickly apprehended having left his wallet on top of the patrol car. He was convicted of the murder and sentenced to life plus 20 years.
Detective Arango left behind his parents and three sisters.
Officer Marc Atkinson, Phoenix Police Department
March 28, 1999: Officer Atkinson was on a drug surveillance when his partners were called away for another detail. Shortly thereafter, three men emerged from the location and left in a white Lincoln Continental. Officer Atkinson began tailing the vehicle but lost sight of the vehicle. As he turned a corner, 17-year old Felipe Petrona-Cabana emerged from the driverπs side of the Lincoln and began firing his .357 caliber revolver. Atkinson was struck twice in the head and died the next day. A security guard on his way home from work saw the shooting and shot Petrona-Cabana, injuring him. Petrona-Cabana was arrested and it was learned he illegally came to the United States seven months earlier. A pound of cocaine was recovered from the vehicle.
Officer Atkinson left behind his wife and six-month-old child.
Agent Alexander Kirpnick, U. S. Border Patrol
June 3, 1998: Bernardo Velardez-Lopez, Julio Cesar Arenas-Hernandez, Manuel Gamez and Juan Manuel Umares-Rivas were stopped by Agent Kirpnick and his partner while transporting marijuana in backpacks across a well-known drug corridor west of Nogales. Agent Kirpnick had Velardez-Lopez on his knees searching him when two of the other suspects broke away from his partner and ran. As Kirpnick was distracted by the escape, Velardez-Lopez removed a concealed gun and shot Agent Kirpnick in the head. Gamez was arrested almost immediately and provided information as to the whereabouts of the others.
Velardez-Lopez and Arenas-Hernandez were subsequently arrested in Mexico and extradited. All three were convicted of Agent Kirpnickπs murder and numerous drug offenses and sentenced to life in prison. The remaining fugitive, Juan Manuel Umares-Rivas was arrested in Mexico and returned to the United States on March 4, 2004 to stand trial.
Agent Kirpnick immigrated to the United States from Russia in 1988 and became a US citizen in 1995 before joining the Border Patrol in 1996.
Special Agent Richard Fass, U. S. Drug Enforcement Agency
June 30, 1994: On his last day as an undercover officer, after attending a transfer party in his honor, Agent Fass went to a strip mall in Glendale, Arizona to complete a narcotics transaction. The drug dealers had planned a robbery and execution, and immediately engaged Agent Fass in a gun battle. He fired back, wounding one man, but was hit by a fusillade of bullets. Agent Fass was shot six times in the head at point blank range with a .45 caliber handgun. Two of the shooters were quickly arrested, prosecuted, and convicted. The mastermind of the plot to kill Agent Fass, Augustin Vasquez Mendoza, fled to Mexico.
After an intense, years-long manhunt Vasquez-Mendoza was finally arrested in 2005, and extradited to the U. S. stand trial. In 2006 he was convicted of Agent Fassπ murder and sentenced to 71 years in prison.
Special Agent Fass left his wife and four children.
Trooper Bret Clodfelter, Oregon State Police
September 30, 1992: Trooper Clodfelter arrested Francisco Manzo Hernandez for driving under the influence. Rather than leave Manzoπs passengers stranded on the highway, Clodfelter agreed to transport them to their nearby residence. All three men were placed in the back of his patrol car. When the dispatcher could not get an answer on the radio, a car was sent to investigate. Trooper Clodfelter was found seated in his patrol car about four blocks from the scene of the arrest with four bullets to the back of his head.
Manzo-Hernandez was an illegal alien with a long, violent history of assault and drug use. Hernandez was captured a few days later hiding in a barn on the same street he had shot Clodfelter. He was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
Trooper Clodfelter left behind his wife and two children.
Officer Lawrence Cadena, Dallas Police Department
December 13, 1988: Officer Cadena was shot eight times at close range during an undercover drug operation. The shooter, Javier Suarez Medina was a Mexican national who had lived in the United States since he was three years old. Medina was convicted and sentenced to death in 1989 and executed in 2002. Among his last words spoken was the phrase, “Viva Mexico.” He was given a heroπs sendoff at his funeral in Mexico, which was attended by 6,000 people.
The Mexican government actively fought the conviction and opposed execution, arguing Medina hadnπt been advised of his rights under the Vienna Convention — an issue Medina raised for the first time just one week before his execution. Mexican President Vicente Fox canceled a planned trip to meet with President Bush in Crawford, Texas in protest of the execution.
Corporal Cadena left behind three children.
Officer Kenneth Collins, Phoenix Police Department
May 27, 1988: Officer Collins was shot and killed during an attempted robbery of a bank he worked at as a security guard while off-duty. One of the suspects, Ismael Conde was sentenced to 280 years in prison for his role in the crime. Co-defendant, Rudy Romero fled to Mexico where he remained at large for 12 years before being wounded in a shootout with police. He was then arrested on the outstanding murder warrant, but it took more than a year of legal wrangling to get Romero extradited to stand trial. Heπs since been convicted of his role in Officer Collinsπ murder and was sentenced to 98 years in prison.
Officer Collins left behind his mother and four sisters.
Deputy Don Willmon, Angelina County Texas Sheriff’s Department
On May 13, 1979: Deputy Willmon was questioning Alvaro Rodarte about a burglary. A struggle ensued and Rodarte stabbed Deputy Willmon numerous times, killing him. Rodarte then fled to Mexico where he remained a fugitive for 24 years. In August 2003, Mexican authorities finally arrested Rodarte for the death of Deputy Willmon. Having been unwilling or unable to find him for 24 years, it took less than a week for a Mexican court to drop charges and release Rodarte because, ≥”the statute of limitations had run out.” Really!
Deputy Willmon left behind his wife, mother and four siblings.
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