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Village Marshal Lee Pena | Taos Police Department, New Mexico Taos Police Department, New Mexico

Village Marshal

Lee Pena

Taos Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 20, 1944

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Offender: Released after 14 years

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Marshal Pena was shot and killed while questioning a drunk man at a local bar after receiving reports that the man had displayed a gun. The suspect left the bar and went into the street with Marshal Pena without causing any problems. However, after they were in the street the man produced a .32 caliber revolver and shot Marshal Pena in the chest. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to three life sentences without parole, but was released after only 14 years.

Marshal Pena was a veteran of WWI and had served with the agency for 4 years. He was survived by his wife and seven children.

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