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Patrolman Octaviano Perea | El Paso Police Department, Texas El Paso Police Department, Texas

Patrolman

Octaviano Perea

El Paso Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, February 1, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/1/1918

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Patrolman Perea and Deputy Tax Collector Johnny Garcia were shot and killed in a gun battle with a man who had just murdered a woman and her two infant children. Patrolman Perea was shot and killed while shining a spotlight during a search of the suspect. The suspect was shot over 80 times by other officers while hiding in an outhouse. Deputy Tax Collector Garcia was fatally wounded in the final shootout next to the outhouse.

Patrolman Perea had served with the El Paso Police Department for 3 years. He was survived by his wife and children.

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Deputy Tax Collector Juan M. "Johnny" Garcia, Jr.
El Paso City Tax Collector's Office, Texas
End of Watch: Friday, February 1, 1918
Cause: Gunfire

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I would like to honor my grandfather, Octaviano Perea: before my father, Octavius Perea boarded a train to work in Idaho, he exhorted him to always be gentleman and honor all ladies, no matter their status in life. He told him to remember his family and be happy with his life and trust in God. Shortly after the passing of my grandfather, my father was notified via Western Union that his father had passed. My father was very sad and continued on his train, wanting to remember his father the way he had seen him for the last time. He later met my mother, Ernestina Perez and was married shortly after that. I was the eldest daughter, my sister Marta followed, then Octavius (Tavo)my brother and finally my little sister Priscilla, named after my grandfathers wife, Priscilliana.
My grandfather was very well acquainted with Billy the Kid, growing up in Lincoln, New Mexico. My father told me so many stories of him and events that took place with him. Including my grandfather taking care of the Kid's horses and finally attending his funeral. So much history can be written of my grandfather. Hasta luego y vaya con Dios mi abuelo.

Juliet Perea Elias
grand daughter
September 14, 2014

 

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