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Deputy Sheriff Alexander Stevens Downs, Jr | Nueces County Sheriff's Office, Texas Nueces County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

Alexander Stevens Downs, Jr

Nueces County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, October 16, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Liborio Garza

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Nueces County Deputy Sheriff Alexander S. Downs, Jr., was working at a dance when he confronted Liborio Garza who was intoxicated and creating a disturbance. Deputy Sheriff Downs told Garza to "cut out the racket." As the deputy sheriff walked away Garza shot him and three bystanders. Deputy Sheriff Downs was taken to a doctor's home and died a few minutes later. Bystander Francisco Villarreal died and Jose Rodriguez and Andres Garcia were wounded. Liborio Garza pled insanity based on intoxication and smoking marijuana. He was convicted and sentenced to 99 years in prison. Deputy Sheriff Downs was 23 years old and was survived by his wife and infant son.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 81st anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater
November 28, 2013

 

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