San Antonio media sources were reporting on June 5, 2011 that an arrest was made in the May 29, 2011 ambush-style murder of Bexar County, TX Sheriff’s Sergeant Kenneth Vann. Sgt. Vann was gunned down in his squad car as he sat at a traffic light. He was a 24-year veteran sheriff’s deputy.
Suspect Mark Anthony Gonzalez was arrested at his south San Antonio mobile home and charged with Capital Murder. A firearm, consistent with the murder weapon, was seized at the home and taken for testing, according to BCSO.
Authorities were initially looking for a white car seen in the area of the shooting, but that vehicle was apparently not related. Investigators were also seeking a 2009 or later royal blue Ford F-150 witnesses observed leaving the intersection. A tip, possibly from a body shop, led to Gonzalez’ Ford pick-up.
Thousands attended Vann’s funeral services on June 3, 2011 at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church near Spring Branch, TX. Vann was honored for his service in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in Operation Desert Storm, and his nearly 26 years as a deputy sheriff in Bexar County. Vann is survived by his wife, Bexar Sgt. Yvonne Vann, two sons, and a daughter.
Gonzalez had a previous record for DUI and petty theft, but there was no obvious link between the suspect and victim. It is unknown if anyone will receive the $127,000 reward offered in the case. Gonzalez’ wife was brought in for questioning. No motive was given thus far for the shooting.
Randall is a twenty-three year sworn police officer in a mid-sized Florida police department. He has been an FTO, K9 Handler, Detective and SWAT Team Leader. He is currently the Midnight Shift K9 Sergeant and department SWAT Coordinator.