Update: Multi-Agency Efforts Lead to Safe Apprehension in Del Rio

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June 25, 2024 – UPDATED ARTICLE

Law enforcement authorities in Del Rio, Texas, successfully apprehended a 23-year-old fugitive, Apolonio Barrera, on the evening of June 21, 2024. The arrest was the result of a coordinated effort involving the Del Rio Police Department, Val Verde County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Public Safety, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with support from the U.S. Marshals Service.

Barrera, who had been evading authorities due to active felony warrants, was apprehended without incident at his residence on the 1400 block of Pierce Street. The warrants included charges for violating parole conditions related to evading arrest with a motor vehicle and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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This incident marks a significant achievement in the ongoing efforts to enhance public safety in Del Rio. The authorities have confirmed that the investigation is still active, and additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Community members have expressed relief and gratitude for the effective law enforcement actions. Local resident Maria Lopez commented that it is reassuring to know that the police and sheriff’s office are working tirelessly to keep the community safe.

The Del Rio Police Department and its partners continue to encourage residents to report any suspicious activities and cooperate with law enforcement efforts. The arrest of Apolonio Barrera serves as a reminder of the importance of community vigilance and the powerful impact of coordinated law enforcement actions.

For more updates on this case and other public safety information, residents are encouraged to follow the official social media channels of the Del Rio Police Department and Val Verde County Sheriff’s Office.

Stay informed, stay safe, and support your local law enforcement agencies in their mission to protect and serve.


In Del Rio, Texas, the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) apprehended an armed individual who was walking at night in the Chihuahua area, wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying firearms. The incident has sparked significant concern and debate over the response of the local police force.

According to reports, the Del Rio Police Department (DRPD) was initially aware of the potential threat. However, when Patrol Captain Roman was informed about the suspect, he failed to take immediate action. This delay prompted the USMS to step in and take control of the situation.

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According to the released statement, Captain Roman instructed all DRPD personnel to withdraw from the scene and avoid engaging with the dangerous suspect. This decision has raised serious questions about the DRPD’s preparedness and protocols for handling potential active shooter situations.

The suspect was ultimately apprehended by the U.S. Marshals without further incident. However, the actions of Captain Roman and the subsequent support of his decision by Sheriff Martinez have sparked controversy. Sheriff Martinez backed the USMS intervention and justified preventing the DRPD from participating in the arrest due to their initial lack of response.

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This incident has led to a broader discussion about the readiness of local law enforcement to deal with high-risk situations and the protocols in place for inter-agency cooperation. The community is calling for an investigation into the DRPD’s handling of the situation and seeking assurances that such lapses in response will not occur in the future.

Residents of Del Rio are demanding answers and greater transparency from their local police department. Many are questioning whether the DRPD has the necessary training and leadership to effectively protect the community in critical moments.

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As the investigation continues, the focus remains on ensuring that law enforcement agencies can coordinate effectively and respond swiftly to potential threats. Safeguarding the residents of Del Rio and maintaining public trust is paramount.

We reached out to the City of Del Rio for comment, but have not received a response since this time of this publishing.

Source: Rio Del Rio on Facebook

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  1. Good report. This is the same captain that assaulted me for filing a complaint. Furthermore the Texas Ranger lied to the grand jury with assistance of the district attorney. They accuse me of filing a false report and claim the Captain never got close to me. I have video and photos they did. It know of. Obtained through Public Information. Shows captain grabbing me and pushing me. Proves they covered up for him. Video shows I was assaulted and my report was not false. To punish me they have a warrant for my arrest “making false report”. After I forwarded my evidence now they don’t answer emails or calls! We need to get this story out. Assault of pulling my arm caused injury- pain. Had to get surgery two weeks ago. Currently suffering post op major surgery pain.

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