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Deputy Sheriff Juan Ruiz | Sierra County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico Sierra County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico

Deputy Sheriff

Juan Ruiz

Sierra County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico

End of Watch: Sunday, October 4, 1942

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/3/1942

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Not available

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Deputy Sheriff Juan Ruiz succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous night while assisting another deputy outside of a dance hall in Derry.

The other deputy was attempting to intervene in a brawl when he was attacked. His gun and badge were taken him from him. As Deputy Ruiz came to his assistance he was also attacked and then fatally shot.

Three subjects were arrested and charged in connection with Deputy Ruiz's murder.

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Deputy Sheriff Ruiz,
On today, the 71st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Sierra County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol
October 4, 2013


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