By RAY QUIROGA
San Benito residents continue to mourn the loss of longtime San Benito police officer, and native, lieutenant Milton Resendez, who was killed in the line of duty last Tuesday night, October 17, 2023 in San Benito during a vehicular pursuit on Sam Houston Blvd. (see last week’s edition of the San Benito News for full details).
“Lieutenant Milton Gabriel Resendez, 54, passed October 18, 2023 doing what he loved to do, protecting and serving his hometown of San Benito, Texas. He was a 26-year veteran of the San Benito Police Department (SBPD),” reads his obituary.
Resendez is a product of San Benito public schools, graduating as a member of the San Benito High School Class of 1987 and attending Rangerville Elementary, as well as Miller Jordan and Berta Cabaza middle schools.
He later attended Texas Southmost College and the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council Police Academy. Before joining the SBPD, Resendez was employed by the Brownsville Police Department, Palm Valley Police Department, and the San Benito CISD Police Department. All told, he served over 30 years in law enforcement.
According to his obituary, he was an avid comic book and toy collector, movie buff, and enjoyed gardening. He also enjoyed watching his favorite NFL teams, the Pittsburg Steelers and the Houston Texans, as well as watching WWE wrestling. He also enjoyed music; his favorite band was KISS.
Resendez was born September 2, 1969 to Meliton and Susana M. Resendez, who preceded him in death. He’s survived by his wife, Melissa G. Resendez, whom he met while attending Texas Southmost College. They were married for 27 years upon his death. He’s also survived by his siblings, and numerous nephews and nieces.
At around 3:30 p.m. last Friday afternoon, October 20, 2023, an untold number of law enforcement personnel, representing local, state, and federal agencies, in a miles-long procession down Business 77, absent of civilian traffic, escorted lieutenant Resendez’s deceased body from Harlingen’s Valley Baptist Medical Center (VBMC) to Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home in San Benito.
According to SBPD Chief of Police Mario G. Perea during a press conference held at SBPD headquarters last Wednesday afternoon (October, 18, 2023), Resendez was transported to VBMC by fellow officers in a police cruiser separate from his own shortly after being shot in the abdominal area that faithful Tuesday night. He later succumb to a single bullet wound while receiving treatment at VBMC.
As reported in last week’s edition of the NEWS, events unfolded at around 4:30 p.m. last Tuesday, as Cameron County Park Rangers pulled over a red GMC pickup truck for allegedly speeding on the South Padre Island beach. The truck was occupied by two men, two women and two children.
As a park ranger questioned the driver upon exiting the pickup, the passenger allegedly jumped into the driver’s seat, speeding off as the original driver jumped into the truck’s bed, according to Cameron County District Attorney Luis V. Saenz.
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