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Deputy Sheriff Emilio Candelaria | Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico

Deputy Sheriff

Emilio Candelaria

Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 29, 1930

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Apprehended

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Deputy Candelaria was shot and killed when he accompanied three other deputies, and three federal probation agents as they attempted to serve a warrant.

Deputy Candelaria and the three other deputies hid outside the home of the suspect while the probation agents entered. As the agents read the warrant to the suspect, the brother of the suspect and his friend encountered the deputies outside. One of the suspects shot Deputy Candelaria with a shot gun as he attempted to move from his position.

The agents inside the house, thinking they were surrounded, fled from the house. One of the agents went back into town to call for back-up. When back-up arrived, the officers surrounded the house and forced all the suspects to surrender.

Deputy Candelaria died of his wounds as he was being transported to the hospital.

A total of nine suspects were arrested and charged in relation to Deputy Candelaria's murder.

Deputy Candelaria was survived by his wife and son. He was a World War veteran.

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