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 Taos Police Department for four 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

weapons violation, alcohol violation

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My inspiration to become a Police Officer. My Nanny (Marcia Pena) always told stories about you. Thank you for your sacrifice.

SGT Thomas Lee Keenan
Great-Grandson, Suffolk County PD, NY

November 4, 2022

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