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Sergeant Emilio Mestas | Clayton Police Department, New Mexico Clayton Police Department, New Mexico


Emilio Mestas

Clayton Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch: Thursday, July 19, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: 13 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/18/1973

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to ten years

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Sergeant Mestas was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance caused by a large group of teenagers. Several suspects had led officers in a vehicle pursuit and led them to a home where approximately 40 teenagers had been causing a problem all night. As several officers got out of their patrol car one of the teenagers opened fire, striking Sergeant Mestas in the head. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wound the following morning. The suspect was apprehended, convicted of involuntary manslaughter, and sentenced to ten years in jail.
Sergeant Mestas had been with the agency for 13 years and was survived by his wife and nine children.

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