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Deputy Sheriff Francisco Garcia | Las Animas County Sheriff's Office, Colorado Las Animas County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

Deputy Sheriff

Francisco Garcia

Las Animas County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch: Thursday, October 19, 1905

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1906

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Deputy Francisco Garcia was shot and killed when he encountered a murder suspect on a ranch just south of Trinchera, Colorado. The man was wanted for the murder of his 18 year-old girlfriend in Las Animas County.

Deputy Garcia had traveled to the ranch on other business, not realizing that the suspect was there. When they encountered each other the suspect warned the unarmed deputy to leave or he would kill him.

Deputy Garcia went to adjoining dining room where he ate his dinner. When Deputy Garcia came out of the room the suspect fired at him, shooting through his hat. The two began to struggle and Deputy Garcia sustained a fatal gunshot wound.

Other ranchers subdued the suspect and held him until another deputy arrived. He was taken to Raton, New Mexico, where he was convicted of murdering Deputy Garcia and hanged.

The suspect was eventually apprehended and hanged at Raton, May 26, 1906.

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