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Police Officer Jose Antonio Griego | Santa Fe Police Department, New Mexico Santa Fe Police Department, New Mexico

Police Officer

Jose Antonio Griego

Santa Fe Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 14, 1880

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Lynched

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Police Officer Jose Griego was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a fellow police officer who was drunk on duty and brandishing his pistol shortly after midnight.

The other officer had been hired only a few weeks and became drunk while on duty. He was harassing several solders and then, at gunpoint, ordered two citizens to sit next to him on a rock on San Francisco Street. Officer Griego informed the officer that he was arresting him for improper use of his pistol and took hold of him. The began to struggle as they moved down the street towards Water Street. As they continued to struggle near the intersection of Water Street and Bridge Street the other officer shot him once in the neck, and then fled on foot.

The subject was arrested a short time later and placed in the county jail. Several nights later an angry mob of citizens raided the jail and shot him numerous times before hanging him from a nearby beam.

Officer Griego was survived by his wife.

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Officer Griego,
On today, the 136th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Santa Fe.


United States Border Patrol
July 15, 2016


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