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Deputy Sheriff Toribio Pastrano | Presidio County Sheriff's Department, Texas Presidio County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

Toribio Pastrano

Presidio County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, August 14, 1891

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Not available

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In the 1890s Presidio County along the Rio Grande River separating Texas and Mexico was called the “Bloody Peninsula.” The name came from the bloodshed that was caused by outlaws and marauding bandits from Mexico. Antonio Carrasco was a noted outlaw and reportedly had killed eight men and been involved in numerous gun battles with lawmen. Deputy Sheriff Toribio Pastrano believed that Carrasco was involved in the murder of Texas Ranger Sergeant Fusselman on April 17, 1890. Deputy Pastrano learned that Carrasco would be at a fandango given on the Texas side of the Rio Grande River. He went alone to arrest him. As Pastrano entered the room, Carrasco said to him, “My friend, you are an officer and wish to arrest me. Very well.” As Carrasco spoke his hand dropped to his side, and he drew his pistol. The bullet entered Pastrano’s head just above the right eye and he fell dead. He mounted his horse and crossed the river back into Mexico. Pastrano was survived by his wife. No information on whether he had any children or his place of burial.

On June 21, 1892, three Texas rangers shot and killed Antonio Carrasco's his brother, Florencio, during an arrest. Another brother, Matildo Carrasco, was shot and killed by Texas Ranger Ernest “Diamond Dick” St. Leon six months earlier. Antonio Carrasco was arrested sometime after 1892 for horse stealing in Presidio County and sentenced to five years in prison. He appealed and the case was affirmed on June 8, 1895. There is no evidence at this time that Carrasco was ever charged with the murder of Deputy Pastrano.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Deputy U.S. Marshal Charles H. V. Fusselman
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Thursday, April 17, 1890
Cause: Gunfire

Deputy Sheriff Simon L. de Leon
Presidio County Sheriff's Department, Texas
End of Watch: Sunday, July 26, 1891
Cause: Gunfire

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Rest in Peace Deputy Sheriff Toribio Pastrano Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice Protecting the citizens of Presidio County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray the scum who murdered you burn forever in hell.

Amen.

B. Sherwood Senior Special Agent retired
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
August 13, 2016

 

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