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Deputy Sheriff Pedro Valdez | Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, Texas Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

Pedro Valdez

Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, February 19, 1928

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: charges dismissed

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Very little public information is known about this incident. Around 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 19, 1928, Caldwell County Deputy Sheriff Pedro Valdez apparently arrested garage owner Gregoria Mendoza, 33, in Luling for unlawfully carrying a pistol. One newspaper account reported the shooting occurred at a dance and another said it occurred in front of a Mexican restaurant on Fourth Street. Mendoza shot and killed the deputy sheriff. Mendoza was arrested and placed in the county jail. Mendoza was indicted for unlawfully carrying a pistol by the Caldwell County Grand Jury on March 30, 1928. Nothing more is recorded about the disposition of this case. On October 25, 1928, Mendoza was indicted for murder by the Caldwell County Grand Jury. On November 15, 1935, the murder case was dismissed without comment.

Pedro Valdez was reported to have been married. He was buried in the Catholic Cemetery in Luling, Caldwell County. The newspaper reported he had been a deputy sheriff for many years.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 84th 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.


Your memory will always be honored and revered as time never diminishes respect.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
February 19, 2012

 

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