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Officer Dionisio Soto | San Elizario Police Department, Texas San Elizario Police Department, Texas


Dionisio Soto

San Elizario Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, October 4, 1895

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 60

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Incident Date: 10/1/1895

Weapon: Blunt object

Offender: Not available

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Officer Soto died from wounds sustained several days earlier when he was beaten by three men after having arrested one of the men for fighting.

The man who had originally been arrested was permitted to go back into a dance to retrieve his hat. When he exited the dance hall, two other men accompanied him. One of the men asked the suspect to be released into their custody.

When Officer Soto refused they attacked his assistant. As Officer Soto attempted to intervene, he was knocked from his horse and then severely beaten by the three. He died several days later.

One of the suspects was convicted of murder and sentenced to 5 years in jail.

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Officer Soto,
On today, the 120th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of San Elizario. I too have to agree with the last two previous reflections left for you. Your murderer should've got a whole lot more than 5 years-hopefully he's paying for his crime in eternity.


United States Border Patrol
October 4, 2015


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