SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio Police Officer Miguel Moreno passed away Friday morning from injuries he sustained in a shooting north of downtown.
During the shootout in the 200 block of West Evergreen Street, 32-year-old Moreno was shot in the head. The second officer with him, 36-year-old Officer Julio Cavazos was shot in the torso and McManus said he successfully completed surgery Thursday night but has more to go. Doctors said he is expected to survive.
Flags at all City facilities have been lowered to half-staff at the request of Mayor Ron Nirenberg in honor of Officer Moreno.Nirenberg is inviting the business community, other organizations and all citizens to join us in this expression of mourning and respect by lowering their flags to half-staff.
“We continue to offer our deepest sympathies and prayers to his family and the San Antonio Police Department community,” Nirenberg said. “We also extend our sympathies and prayers to Officer Julio Cavazos, who also was critically wounded in the incident.”
Many San Antonio city and state leaders offered condolences to the family of Officer Moreno.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick
"Today, we join with all of San Antonio in grieving the loss of a nine-year veteran of the San Antonio Police Department, Officer Miguel Moreno. Officer Moreno was shot in the line of duty yesterday and paid the ultimate price to keep his community safe. We honor his sacrifice and service. Our prayers are with his family and loved ones, as well as the San Antonio Police Department and all grieving law enforcement officers across the state."
District 1 Councilman Trevino
“Right now, San Antonio is mourning the loss of a great officer and a great man. My heart is heavy for the loss of Officer Miguel Moreno. I know the community’s heart is heavy. We have seen over the last few months just how much of a sacrifice our first responders make for the safety of our community.
Please continue to send your thoughts and prayers to the families and fellow brothers and sisters of Officers Moreno and Cavazos. It is important that we now be there for the folks who are always just a phone call away.”
District 2 Councilman Shaw
"Our hearts are heavy in San Antonio today. Officer Miguel Moreno, a 9-year SAPD Veteran, lost his life as a result of being shot in the line of duty.
Our prayers are with the family and friends of Officer Moreno and the SAPD community.
We also pray for a speedy recovery for Officer Julio Cavazos, who was also shot in the line of duty yesterday.
This is the second time in less than a year that one of our SAPD officers has been killed due to senseless gun violence. The violence must stop. Now more than ever, our community must come together."
District 6 Councilman Greg Brockhouse
“On behalf of all the residents and families of District 6, I want to extend our deepest condolences, love, and prayers for Officer Miguel Moreno and his family. Miguel was killed in the line of duty protecting our community and we all mourn his loss. We also remain in prayer for Officer Julio Cavazos and his family as he remains in serious condition at SAMMC. To the men and women of the San Antonio Police Department, we express our prayers and love for your service and sacrifice and we stand with you during this difficult time. To our fallen officer, you held the line for us and we will never forget you. We will take care of your family and we will honor your sacrifice.”
District 10 Councilman Perry
“This is the type of news you never want to hear, especially when you’re far away from home. It is heartbreaking to hear that Officer Moreno has succumbed to his injuries.
My family’s and my thoughts and prayers remain with Officer Cavazos and his recovery, both Officer Cavazos and Officer Moreno’s families, and all our other fine officers with SAPD. My hope is that our officers, their families, and the San Antonio community can find peace and comfort during this time.
The first anniversary of the Dallas shootings is coming up next week, and finding ways to improve both public perception of our police force and officer morale has been weighing heavily on my heart. The men and women of SAPD wake up every day, ready to serve us at a moment’s notice. It’s time we return the favor.”
“We offer our condolences to the family of Officer Miguel Moreno. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and all the brave men and women of SAPD who risk their lives in service to protect our communities.”
Representative Henry Cuellar
“I am saddened to hear of the passing of San Antonio Police Department Officer Miguel Moreno. He was thirty-two years old, and a nine-year veteran of the SAPD. This is a reminder to all of us that our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for our San Antonio community every day. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and fellow officers.”
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