Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Monday, November 15, 1999


Texas Ranger Sergeant Drew Carter recognized for work leading to arrest of Rafael Resendez-Ramirez

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn and actor Chuck Norris today presented the Peace Officer of the Year Award to Texas Ranger Sergeant Drew Carter. Sergeant Carter played a key role in the July arrest of alleged serial killer Rafael Resendez-Ramirez.

"I congratulate Sergeant Carter on his honor. He exemplifies the standard that all peace officers should follow. Texas has a lot to be proud of because of Sergeant Carter and other hard-working peace officers that serve throughout the State," Cornyn said.

The events that led to Ramirez' arrest started with a phone call from Ramirez' sister to Sergeant Drew Carter, saying that her brother, Rafael Resendez-Ramirez wanted to turn himself in. Shortly after that phone call, Sergeant Carter flew to New Mexico to meet with Ramirez' sister to make arrangements for Rafael Resendez-Ramirez to turn himself in. On Tuesday, July 13, 1999, Sergeant Carter and one other Texas Ranger flew to El Paso where Ramirez surrendered to police on the International Bridge.

Sergeant Carter has been a member of the Huntsville, Brenham, Tyler, and Houston Police departments. He has been recognized for 14 previous commendations for his work on criminal apprehension and investigations and public service among other things.

The Peace Officer of the Year Award presentation was part of the Criminal Law Enforcement Conference held in Austin.

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