At ten o’clock on the night of Wednesday 21 June 1978 ETA, shot and killed Antonio García Caballero, a municipal police officer in Tolosa when he was on his way home. The Gamboa group of ETA claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that it had been carried out in revenge for the death of Txabi Etxebarrieta, responsible for ETA’s first killing, that of civil guard officer José Antonio Pardines Arcay. Antonio García was unarmed and dressed in civilian clothes when three ETA members approached him and shot him more than fourteen times. He had received a number of death threats.
Antonio was 26 years old and married with two children when he was killed by ETA. He had been working for the municipal police in Tolosa for ten years.