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Liquor Inspector Edward L. Moreno | New Mexico Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, New Mexico New Mexico Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, New Mexico

Liquor Inspector

Edward L. Moreno

New Mexico Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, New Mexico

End of Watch: Sunday, July 13, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/7/1970

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Arrested

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Liquor Inspector Edward Moreno was shot after he and his partner responded to a bar in Gallup, New Mexico, to question the owner. While inside the bar Inspector Moreno noticed some men around his vehicle and he exited the bar to investigate.

When he approached the suspects he was assaulted and the suspects gained control of his gun and shot him. Inspector Moreno survived his wounds initially, but on July 13th, 1975, he died of complications from the assault and gunshot wound. Both suspects were arrested at the scene.

Inspector Moreno had previously served with the United States Army and was survived by his wife and six children. He is buried at Fort Bayard National Cemtery, Fort Bayard, New Mexico.

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Daddy - Abby looks like he is doing well. Terrie and Dina have both spoken with him today. I will give him a day to rest then call him tomorrow. Mima was very worried - but it looks like all went well. Thank you for watching over him.
I am sorry I didn't write to say Happy Birthday - I thought about you all day long, but was in a very sad mood all day and couldn't find it in myself to write. I am sorry.
I love you Dad - I actually picture you reading these messages and smiling down at all of us.
I wish you could be here with us - I need you so badly sometimes. But I know that even if I can't talk to you face to face, I can always talk to you heart to heart.

Love you always and forever!

Margaret Moreno-Coplen
Proud Daughter of a fallen officer
February 9, 2016


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