Sergeant Manuel H. Tapia
Sgt. Tapia was shot at about 7 p.m. Jan. 7, 1991, in Nogales by a drug suspect. He died at about 1 a.m. Jan. 8, 1991, at Tucson Medical Center. The suspect, Noel Gonzales-Bernal of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, was fatally shot by a Nogales police officer.
The incident occurred in Nogales, about a mile north of the border,
after Tapia and the Nogales police officer stopped the suspect's
Upon asking the suspect to open the vehicle's trunk, the
suspect fled on foot with Sgt. Tapia chasing him. The suspect then
turned and shot Sgt. Tapia. The suspect was then shot. It was later
learned that Sgt. Tapia was unarmed, having inadvertently left his
weapon in his vehicle.