Patrolman Octaviano Perea

Patrolman Octaviano Perea

El Paso Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, February 1, 1918

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Octaviano Perea

Patrolman Octaviano Perea and Deputy Tax Collector Johnny Garcia were shot and killed in a gun battle with a man who had just murdered a woman and her two infant children. Patrolman Perea was shot and killed while shining a spotlight during a search of the suspect. The suspect was shot over 80 times by other officers while hiding in an outhouse. Deputy Tax Collector Garcia was fatally wounded in the final shootout next to the outhouse.

Patrolman Perea had served with the El Paso Police Department for 3 years. He was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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The Thin Blue line has extended as far back when the first Officer was sworn in to uphold the law.

The first EOW was for the first Officer killed in the line of duty.

Patrol Man Octaviano Perea and Deputy Tax Collector Juan Garcia are proof of this Valor.

Officers have always committed themselves to Serve and Protect the Public.

In these trying times Officers continue to go on patrol and do what is needed to protect the public.

Officers Perea and GarcĂ­a exemplified those duties. My they Rest In Peace

Officers Octaviano Perea and Officer Juan Garcia, EOW February 18,1918.

Police Officer Mario Gonzalez
Los Angeles Police Department

April 18, 2021

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