Officer Deckard was filling for another officer on San Antonio’s south side for the night shift. Deckard knew that there had been a string of armed robberies in the city, 6 of which were committed on his shift in different areas of the city. The last robbery reported was of the San Pedro Food Mart at midnight. Deckard observed the suspects’ vehicle and tried to stop them. The suspects fled through the city and then southbound on Interstate 37. A multi-agency high speed pursuit followed.
During the pursuit, the suspects shot at Officer Deckard’s patrol vehicle, striking the windshield several times. One of the bullets penetrated the windshield striking Deckard in the forehead. His patrol vehicle then crashed. He was transported to San Antonio Military Medical Center in critical condition. Doctors were not able to remove the bullet that was still lodged in the back of his brain. Deckard remained in the Intensive Care Unit listed in stable and grave condition until his succumbing to his wounds.
In accordance with his wishes and the support of his family, Officer Deckard gave his last gift. He was kept on life support until all of his internal organs could be harvested for transplant purposes.
In life he gave everything to his fellow man, in death, he gave the gift of life to those he never knew. Officer Deckard exemplified Christ to us all.
“His Lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: …enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” Matthew 25:21
The suspects were later apprehended. Shawn Ruiz Puente, 31 and Jenevieve Ramos, 28, were taken into custody after they fled their vehicle north of Poth and were tracked down by a K-9 in the woods around 8 a.m. It was not immediately known which of the pair of suspects fired the shot that struck Officer Deckard.
He was a 6 year veteran of the San Antonio Police Department and is survived by his wife and a 5 year old daughter.
Officer Robert Deckard – gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Friday, December 20, 2013
“Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX”
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