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Texas Executes Second Cop Killer in Seven Days

April 16, 2015  | 

Manuel Garza Jr. was executed for the murder of Officer John Anthony “Rocky” Riojas. (Photo: Texas Department of Criminal Justice)
Manuel Garza Jr. was executed for the murder of Officer John Anthony “Rocky” Riojas. (Photo: Texas Department of Criminal Justice)

A man sentenced to death by Bexar County, Texas, jurors who convicted him of killing a San Antonio police officer with his own gun was executed Wednesday evening in Huntsville.

Manuel Fernando Garza Jr., 34, struggled with Officer John Anthony “Rocky” Riojas, 37, in February 2001, gained control of his gun and fired once into his forehead, reports.

Riojas, a married father of two young children, died a few hours later at University Hospital.

Garza is the second cop killer executed in Texas in the last week. Kent Sprouse, convicted of the 2002 murder of a Dallas-area officer was executed last week.

Comments (6)

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132&Bush @ 4/16/2015 11:07 AM

Well....It's a start....

kevCopAz @ 4/16/2015 4:42 PM

Being a Christian I will let this convicts soul be God's to handle but as a PLEO I must say (forgive me Lord) YESSSS... he got what he deserved, too long a wait but in the end a good result. God Bless the victim Officer's soul and his family. Justice was done. GO Texas!

Chuck @ 4/16/2015 6:05 PM

Good riddance you certified POS.

TBOW426 @ 4/17/2015 10:31 AM

GOD BLESS TEXAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jon Retired LEO @ 4/17/2015 12:24 PM

Took 13 years but you finally got him. Way to go Texas! Prayers to the officers family and his department.

michael murphy @ 4/17/2015 3:29 PM

makes me want to leave ny and move to texas

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