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Deputy Tax Collector Juan M. El Paso City Tax Collector's Office, Texas

Deputy Tax Collector

Juan M. "Johnny" Garcia, Jr.

El Paso City Tax Collector's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, February 1, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Tax Collector Garcia and Patrolman Octaviano Perea 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.

Deputy Tax Collector Garcia was a law enforcement officer required by city law to assist the police department when needed.

Deputy Tax Collector Garcia had served with the City Tax Collector's Office for 8 years. He was survived by his sister and two brothers. He was buried at Evergreen Cemetery.

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Patrolman Octaviano Perea
El Paso Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Friday, February 1, 1918
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 94th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer

Time never diminishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
February 1, 2012


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