Monday, February 27, 2017

A Sudden Passing

It's been more than 18 years since the passing of Cpt. Richard Hale. On the morning of August 24, 1998 he was pronounced dead outside of the gun range on Hwy 59.  Authorities explained that he "had a single gunshot wound to the chest."  (see article below)


Hale was a devoted family man, and a dedicated veteran of the Laredo Police Dept.  Meg Guerra's writing in the September 1998 issue of LareDOS doesn't hint at any reason that would lead Cpt. Hale to take his own life.  The occurrence left everyone around him baffled.

On September 7, 2011, Constable Tino Juarez passed away.  It was determined that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.  He was at home when he turned the gun on himself.

Last week, another local officer took his own life, the circumstances matching that of Hale and Juarez: a lethal bullet wound to the chest.  Lt. David Medina, an officer with LISD, was found unresponsive at the law enforcement gun range Tuesday afternoon.  An investigation is ongoing, but officials do not suspect foul play at this point.

News like this is so traumatic.  I can't imagine what the families go through when something like this happens.  From my point of view, these men were confronted with, what seemed to be, some insurmountable crisis.  Their answer to the pain was a quick, yet brutal solution.

These three individuals, who dedicated their lives to public service, now share an unfortunate distinction.  Their loved ones will hopefully one day find peace.  

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