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Patrol Inspector Augustin De La Pena | United States Department of Labor - Immigration Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government United States Department of Labor - Immigration Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

Patrol Inspector

Augustin De La Pena

United States Department of Labor - Immigration Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Monday, August 3, 1925

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Texas

Incident Date: 8/2/1925

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrol Inspector Augustin De La Pena was shot and killed when he intervened in an assault at a restaurant in Rio Grande City, Texas, at approximately 7:00 pm.

He and another inspector were at dinner when a mentally ill man entered and began to argue with the owner. As the man attempted to leave he was confronted by Inspector De La Pena and a struggle ensued in which Inspector De La Pena was shot in the stomach. He continued to struggle with the suspect, and as he grew weak from blood loss, he shot and killed the suspect.

Inspector De La Pena was transported to the hospital at Fort Ringgold where he died at 1:00 am on August 3rd.

Inspector De La Pena had served with the United States Border Patrol for two years. He was survived by his wife and nine children. He is buried in Rio Grande City, Starr County.

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Although it has been 92 years since my Great Uncle's (my Grandmother Eva's brother) death his memory and his service to this country will never be forgotten.

Commander (Ret) Fernando Flores
Illinois State Police
August 3, 2017

 

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