Buses chartered by the San Antonio Police Officers Association with at least 50 representatives from the department will travel to Huntsville prison in time for the 6 pm execution of a police killer tonight.
Association President Mike Helle said the group will stand outside the prison tonight as street gang member Frank Garcia, 39, is executed for the murder of San Antonio police Sgt. Hector Garza in 2001.
Garcia, who belonged to the “Angels of Sin,” a street gang known for their violence in the Alamo City, told police he was aware officers wore bulletproof vests so he aimed at Sgt. Garza’s head when he shot him.
Garza, a 25-year veteran of the SAPD, and the father of five children, was shot four times by Garcia as the police sergeant responded to a domestic violence call on the night of March 21, 2001.
Court evidence revealed that any of the shots to the head by Garcia would have been fatal to the 48-year-old Garza.
After he shot the officer, “my mind just went blank and I turned towards my wife and I shot her, too,” Garcia told police.
Garcia shot his wife, Jessica, three times in the head and face.
“I just turned and went: ‘Pow, pow.’ And I shot the officer,” testimony revealed Garcia had confessed to police detectives. Garcia didn’t notice if the police sergeant had pulled a gun as he “just went crazy.”
Just last week a San Antonio judge refused a request from Garcia’s attorneys who asked to stop the execution because Garcia was “mentally impaired” and ineligible for the death penalty under Supreme Court rulings.
Garcia had been married about seven years and the couple had two children.
Court records reveal they were married when she was 15 and he was 21. Garcia was still in high school but dropped out a year later.
“I know officers wear bulletproof vests, and when I shot, I aimed for his head, and that’s where I hit him,” Garcia told detectives.
Gilda Garza, the police sergeants widow, released a statement through the SAPD indicating “the execution of Frank Garcia brings to a close a very sad chapter.”
“His wife and children lost a devoted husband and father, and his extended family in blue lost a brother officer committed to protecting his community with pride, dignity and valor.”
So far Garcia has declined to speak with reporters this week.
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