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Police Officer Gilbert Montoya | Moriarty Police Department, New Mexico Moriarty Police Department, New Mexico

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Gilbert Montoya

Moriarty Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch: Saturday, February 18, 1967

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 1

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to 2 to 10 years

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Officer Montoya was shot and killed while investigating suspicious activity at a local store. He had been called at home by the merchant who saw a car parked outside of the store. While questioning two suspects outside, another suspect inside of the store opened fire with a .22 caliber revolver, striking Officer Montoya in the back of the head. The suspects then stole Officer Montoya's gun and fled the scene. A tip from an anonymous source led to the arrest of the suspects two days later. All three were charged with Officer Montoya's murder.

The charges were dropped against one of the suspects and another was acquitted. The gunman was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 2 to 10 years. He received an additional 2 to 10 years for breaking into the store and escaping from jail while he was awaiting trial. He was paroled in 1974. On July 1, 1999, he murdered two men in Albuquerque. He was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to life.

Officer Montoya was a U.S. Army veteran and had served in law enforcement for about five years. He was survived by his wife and son.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 45th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Your memory will always be honored and revered as time never diminishes respect.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
February 18, 2012


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