Joshua Vega

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Service Record

San Antonio Texas Police Department

Rank Officer
Dates of Service Hired April, 2017[1]
Last Known Status Active


2018 Medal of Valor Award

On January 30, 2018, Vega and Officer John Silva received the Medal of Valor Award for their action in the 2017 shooting described below.[2]

Incident Reports

2017 Shooting of Guadalupe Balderas

On April 15, 2017, police were called to a disturbance. They found Balderas with a combat-style knife, which he refused to drop. One officer deployed his taser, and Vega shot Balderas, who recovered from his wounds.[1]

Balderas was charged with aggravated assault against a public servant.[1]

2017 Shooting

On July 17, 2017, Vega and Officer John Silva responded to a call from a woman who was being held at gunpoint by her ex-husband. The man threatened to kill his daughter. The man fired at officers and refused de-escalation techniques. Vega shot the man.[2]

2018 Arrest of Kimberly Esparza

Response Timeline

Vega was suspended two days for muting his body-worn camera during portions of the incident.[3][4]