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New Hero Search Jose Arturo Herrera ("Joe")
- Apr. 14, 2003 -
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Friona Police Department Agency Patch
Resided: TX, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Apr. 14, 2003
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 31 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Friona Police Dept.
TX   USA
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Sergeant
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Crash
Weapon Class: Vehicle
Badge: 104
On The Job: 5 years
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: TX   USA   Mon. Apr. 14, 2003
Summary: Sergeant Herrera was killed when his patrol car was intentionally rammed by a vehicle that was being chased by other officers.

Sergeant Herrera was off duty doing paperwork at the police station when he heard radio traffic of a chase coming towards Friona. He immediately got into his patrol car and headed towards the pursuit.

As he neared the pursuit, he pulled over onto the side of County Road N and activated his emergency lights. As the fleeing pickup truck approached from the opposite direction, the suspect swerved onto the side of the road and struck Sergeant Herrera's patrol car in the front corner and driver's side door, killing Sergeant Herrera instantly. The driver of the vehicle was seriously injured and put under police custody at a local hospital.

The suspect was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Sergeant Herrera had been employed with the Friona Police Department for five years, and was survived by his wife, 10-year-old son, three daughters (ages two months, 4 years, and 11 years), parents, sister, and brother.

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