Village Marshal Lee Pena

Village Marshal Lee Pena

Taos Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Wednesday, December 20, 1944

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Lee Pena

Marshal Pena was shot and killed while questioning a drunk man at a local bar after receiving reports that the man had displayed a gun. The suspect left the bar and went into the street with Marshal Pena without causing any problems. However, after they were in the street the man produced a .32 caliber revolver and shot Marshal Pena in the chest. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to three life sentences without parole, but was released after only 14 years.

Marshal Pena was a veteran of WWI and had served with the agency for 4 years. He was survived by his wife and seven children.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Released after 14 years

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I was thinking of you as I do every day. Your absence is felt by all your descendants, some of whom look just like you. I pray for you and through you all the time. I’m thinking of you as we move into this new year. Pray for us. I love you and wish I had known you.

Mrs. Katherine Murphy

December 31, 2020

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