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Deputy Sheriff Simon L. de Leon | Presidio County Sheriff's Department, Texas Presidio County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

Simon L. de Leon

Presidio County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, July 26, 1891

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Not available

Offender: Arrested in Mexico

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In the 1890s the area along the Rio Grande River separating Texas and Mexico in Presidio County was called the “Bloody Peninsula.” The name came from the bloodshed that was caused by outlaws and marauding bandits from Mexico. Deputy Sheriff Simon L. de Leon was shot and killed by Nermin Lujan in El Polvo (present day Redford). Lujan fled to Mexico and was arrested at Presidio del Norte, Mexico. The newspaper reported that Lujan was given a preliminary trial and will be remitted to Chihuahua for final trial. It also speculated he would probably be placed in the army and sent to the Yucatan. Deputy de Leon’s death was alleged to have been the result of revenge for having aided the peaceable American citizens in carrying out the law. It was reported the gang had sworn to kill the peace officers of El Polvo.

Simon L. de Leon was elected constable for Precinct 3 in Presidio, Presidio County, on November 4, 1890. There is a notation that he resigned before assuming office. He became a deputy sheriff under Sheriff S.R. Miller. There is no personal information known at this time about him.

Several weeks later on August 14, 1891, Presidio County Deputy Sheriff Toribio Pastrano was shot and killed in El Polvo when he attempted to arrest Antonio Carrasco for the murder of Texas Ranger Sergeant Charles Fusselman on April 17, 1890.

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Deputy Sheriff Toribio Pastrano
Presidio County Sheriff's Department, Texas
End of Watch: Friday, August 14, 1891
Cause: Gunfire

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Rest in Peace Deputy Sheriff Simon L. de Leon. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw on the souls of your murderers. May their screams of anguish rise up from the grave as they are consumed in the lake of fire.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
July 24, 2016


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