Senior Patrol Inspector Miles Joseph Scannell

Senior Patrol Inspector Miles Joseph Scannell

United States Department of Labor - Immigration Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, September 9, 1929

Miles Joseph Scannell

Senior Patrol Inspector Miles Scannell was shot and killed as he and another inspector patrolled along the shoreline of the Rio Grande River near Polvo, Presidio County, Texas.

The inspectors were about 600 yards apart when the other inspector heard two muffled shots. Around 8:00 am he found Inspector Scannell's body suffering five bullet wounds, 15 stab wounds and badly beaten. There was evidence a struggle had ensued before Inspector Scannell was overpowered. His handcuffs and weapon were missing which led investigators to believe he had handcuffed one suspect before being jumped by the other suspects. It was concluded that he had intercepted a party of illegal aliens crossing the border to pick cotton.

The suspects were never apprehended.

Inspector Scannell had served with the United States Border Patrol for eight years. He was survived by his wife and a two-year old son. He was buried in Alpine, Texas.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Texas
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never apprehended

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Miles Scannell (also spelled Myles) was my husband's uncle. Myles youngest brother was only 19 when Myles was killed in the line of duty, but he remembered him and shared stories of him. We were privileged on September 9, 2013 to participate in a memorial ceremony to honor Myles by today's members of the U.S. Border Patrol stationed in Alpine, TX. The ceremony consisted of at least 13 agents and their supervisor, the Chaplain, 2 bagpipers, a 6 man color guard and an official photographer. It was wonderful to see Myles honored and his service appreciated 84 years later. Thank you to all these agents for outstanding service to this country.

Diane Scannell

September 16, 2013

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