San Antonio officer dies 19 years after being shot on duty

Officer David Evans was one of four officers who were shot and wounded in a 2003 shootout

Duty Death: David Evans - [San AntonioNone]

End of Service: 02/25/2022

By Suzie Ziegler 

SAN ANTONIO — Officer David Evans was laid to rest earlier this year after dying of complications from a gunshot wound he sustained 19 years earlier. Evans was one of four officers who were shot and wounded in 2003 while responding to a domestic incident, according to KENS 5

Evans was remembered as a dedicated and brave public servant at his funeral on March 22. 

“He was involved in the worst kind of incident that SAPD could have, to have that many officers struck down at one time was insurmountable, but he was also a dynamo though," retired officer Patrick Murnin told KENS 5. "He got back up. He never slowed down. He came back full force and gave it all he could.” 

In January 2003, Evans and a second officer were called to a Denny’s restaurant about a man who was angry at his girlfriend. The man punched and then shot the two officers. When two more officers arrived, the gunman shot them too. Police said more than 40 rounds were fired before the offender was killed, according to the report. 

At the funeral service, officers honored Evans’ memory and fighting spirit. 

“That incident at Denny's hit him hard, it hit all of us hard, but he came through like a champion. Like a warrior,” said one unidentified officer. “He was up as soon as he could. He was moving as soon as he could and he was still fighting crime as soon as he could.” 

The three other officers who were shot survived the shootout, according to News 4 San Antonio

Evans died on February 25, 2022. 


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