Doraville, GA, May 24, 2015 – by Trey Benton – On the fifteen year anniversary of a tragic incident that took the life of Doraville Detective Hugo Arango, Doraville Officers visited his Memorial to pay their respects and to remember their fellow Officer.
In May of 2000 after responding to a call where subjects were reported to be breaking into cars outside a local nightclub, Detective Arango approached two individuals who matched the description of the suspects. While performing a “pat down” search, Detective Arango located a hand gun tucked in the waistband of one of the suspects. A struggle ensued to between Detective Arango and the suspect as he attempted to secure control of the weapon.
Attempting to assist Detective Arango, Club Manager, David Contrereas was shot in the face. The perpetrator then fired on Detective Arango, striking him in the leg, head and through his Badge at close range. Sadly, Detective Arango did not survive his injuries. Contrereas is now blind in one eye as a result of his injuries.
The shooter was eventually sentenced to life imprisonment.
May 13, 2015 marks fifteen years since Detective Arango lost his life in the Line of Duty – a date that fell this year within the Nationally recognized National Police Week.
In honor of Detective Arango, Brookhaven resident Ronnie Mayer on Saturday brought a crew of workers to the Memorial, located along Longmire Way, to clear away brush and pull weeds to make it more visible. “It’s the least I can do to honor Detective Arango and remember him for making the ultimate sacrifice,” said Mayer. “I would like to thank all of the men and women in uniform who put themselves in harms way every day to keep us safe.”
In the History of the Doraville Police Department, there have been two other Officers who lost their lives in the Line of Duty.
In 2011, Officer Shane Wilson lost his life in the line of duty while en-route to assist officers in an investigation and apprehension of suspects from a violent crime when an intoxicated driver driving on the wrong side of the road struck Officer Wilson’s vehicle head-on.
Doraville Officer Henry E. Rainey lost his life in the line of duty in an automobile accident in May of 1963.
To read more about of the accounts of the fallen Doraville Officers click here.