Memorial to be held for slain San Marcos officer

A memorial for Officer Justin Putnam will be held April 18 at Five Mile Dam Park's soccer complex. (Courtesy city of San Marcos)
A memorial for Officer Justin Putnam will be held April 18 at Five Mile Dam Park's soccer complex. (Courtesy city of San Marcos)

A memorial for Officer Justin Putnam will be held April 18 at Five Mile Dam Park's soccer complex. (Courtesy city of San Marcos)

On the first anniversary of officer Justin Putnam's death, the San Marcos Police Department will host a public memorial at Five Mile Dam Park's soccer complex at 4440 S. Old Stagecoach Road, San Marcos, according to a news release. The memorial will be held at 5:45 p.m. on April 18.

Putnam was one of three officers ambushed and shot during a domestic disturbance call at a San Marcos apartment complex. Officers Franco Steward and Justin Mueller have recovered from their injuries and returned to duty, the city said.

“We think about Justin every day and the impact he had not only on our lives but on the lives of our community and the many young people he inspired,” Director of Public Safety Chase Stapp said in the release. “We lost a true hero, friend, and dedicated public servant and we’re glad to finally join together to honor his contributions and ultimate sacrifice.”

The park was chosen as the memorial site because he regularly took his dogs there. Parking there is limited, and attendees are encouraged to carpool.

A SMPD officer for 5 1/2 years, Putnam was also a Texas State University graduate.


A formal funeral service with full honors will be held at a future date, the city said.
By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.


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