In Memoriam 2019
Supervisor Deputy US Marshal
US Marshal’s Service Corpus Christi, Texas
End of Watch: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Norm Merkel suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in his agency’s wellness program inside the United States Courthouse in Corpus Christi, Texas.
A court security officer performed CPR after he was located but was unable to revive him.
Deputy Marshal Merkel was a U.S. Army veteran. He had served with the United States Marshals Service for 18 years and was the commander of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force. He had previously served with the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office, North Dakota, for three years. He is survived by his mother and two sisters.
Comal County Sheriff’s Office, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Deputy Sheriff Ray Horn suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after participating in his agency’s mandatory physical fitness testing.
He had completed the testing and left the facility when he suffered the heart attack while driving his patrol near the intersection of FM 2009 and Dimrock, in Schertz, at 5:15 pm. His patrol car then collided with two other vehicles at the intersection. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
US Customs Agent
Domingo “Mingo” Lopez Jr.
US Customs Services, Harlingen, Texas
End of Watch: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
DOMINGO LOPEZ JR. 69, entered eternal rest on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 surrounded by his loved ones. Domingo retired from United States Custom Services after 33 years of service. Left to cherish his memory is his wife Diana R. Davila Lopez of Brownsville; 1 Daughter: Jessica Marie Cherry (Phillip) of Brownsville; 1 Sister: Maria Alicia Flores of Eagle Pass. Domingo was also survived by 2 grandchildren: Hawkins Cherry and Kalysta Cherry and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mingo competed in the Texas Police Games for over 20+ years in Racquetball and other events.
US Border Patrol Agent
United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection – United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Border Patrol Agent Donna Doss was struck and killed by a vehicle on the south service road of I-20 near mile marker 276, between Tye and Merkel, Texas.
She had responded to the location to assist a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper determine the status of a subject believed to be in the country illegally.
Agent Doss had served with the United States Border Patrol for 16 years and was assigned to the Del Rio Sector. She is survived by her husband, two stepsons, parents, brother, and sister.
Nathan Hayden Heidelberg
Midland Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Police Officer Nathan Heidelberg was shot and killed while responding a burglary alarm at a residence at 3306 Eagle Cove in Midland.
Officer Heidelberg, a probationary officer he was training, and two other officers had responded to the alarm call at 2:30 am. They were at the open front door making loud announcements identifying themselves when the homeowner opened fire toward the flashlight Officer Heidelberg was holding. Officer Heidelberg was struck by a round above his vest.
He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds at 8:30 am.
The homeowner who shot him was arrested and charged with manslaughter.
Officer Heidelberg had served with the Midland Police Department for five years.
El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Texas
End of Watch: Sunday, March 24, 2019
Deputy Sheriff Peter Herrera succumbed to wounds sustained when he was shot after pulling over a vehicle in San Elizario at 1:50 am.
He had stopped the vehicle for a registration violation near the corner of Chicken Ranch Road and Socorro Road. He approached the car and asked the driver to step out. As the driver exited the vehicle he fired 15 rounds, striking Deputy Herrera multiple times. Deputy Herrara did not have an opportunity to draw his own weapon.
The driver and the passenger then fled the scene in the vehicle, but it stalled out several blocks away. The two then fled on foot but were located and apprehended a short time later by responding deputies. The driver was charged with first-degree murder.
A civilian and members of the U.S. Border Patrol and El Paso County Sheriff’s Office provided aid to Deputy Herrera. He was transported to a local hospital in critical condition where he succumbed to his wounds two days later.
Deputy Herrera had served with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office for 11 years. He is survived by his wife.