Special Town Marshal Clemente Salazar

Special Town Marshal Clemente Salazar

Bernalillo Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Friday, August 11, 1950

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Clemente Salazar

Special Town Marshal Clemente Salazar was shot and killed while trying to break up a fight during the San Lorenzo Festival.

Several man got into a fight at a dance and when Marshal Salazar attempted to break it up he was attacked. He was beaten, stabbed, and shot twice. His gun was also stolen and never recovered. A man was apprehended and charged with Marshal Salazar's murder.

In March of 1951 the suspect, 24, was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 50 to 70 years. He was released in lieu of a 20,000 bond while the New Mexico Supreme Court considered his appeal. A month later he was arrested for receiving stolen property. A month after that he was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill after he hit a man in the head with a large rock. He was immediately sent on to prison and lost his appeal. He was paroled on April 21, 1970.

Marshal Salazar was survived by his wife and four children and was buried in Bernalillo Cemetery, Bernalillo, New Mexico.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1970

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Just ran a cross this and it is scary. I remember Clemente being killed although I was just four years old and my parents took me to the festival. It was across the street from the new government center towards the railroad tracks.e Our house was across the railroad track. Anybody verify this for me??? Strange

Richard Quintana-Sena
Gallup NM

June 22, 2021

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