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Deputy Sheriff Thomas Chesley Bedford, Jr. | Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

Deputy Sheriff

Thomas Chesley Bedford, Jr.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

End of Watch: Monday, October 8, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # L-8

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Bedford was shot and killed while investigating several burglaries in the Nogal area of Lincoln County. He encountered two men, one of whom was carrying a rifle, and stopped to question them. During the questioning he had the men put the rifle on the hood of his patrol car.

As he questioned them one of the men pulled a handgun from the other man's pocket and shot Deputy Bedford. After Deputy Beford fell the suspect stood over him and shot him four more times. The two escaped but were both eventually apprehended. They were convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Bedford had only served with the agency for a short time. He was survived by his wife and two children. A sheriff's department substation was named in memory of Deputy Bedford.

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Today on the anniversary of your death we wish to remember you and thank you Sir for your service.

D. Holmes, Lieutenant
Federal Bureau of Prisons
October 8, 2014


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