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Patrol Inspector Ivan E. Scotten | United States Department of Labor - Immigration Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government United States Department of Labor - Immigration Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

Patrol Inspector

Ivan E. Scotten

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

End of Watch: Saturday, July 20, 1929

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 9 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Texas

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Patrol Inspector Ivan Scotten was shot and killed when he and other inspectors were ambushed by smugglers near Clint, Texas.

The inspectors had received information that there would be heavy crossings by liquor smugglers and aliens before daybreak on Saturday, July 20th, 1929, in the area of the upper Las Pomas crossing. Three officers confronted a man on horseback who immediately opened fire on them. The officers returned fire as the man fled into Mexico, where he died.

The three officers regrouped, and with three more officers, including Inspector Ivan Scotten, returned to the scene in automobiles. As they arrived they were caught in a cross fire from smugglers concealed on both sides of the road. Inspector Scotten was wounded in the thigh and fell to the ground. The five remaining officers retreated under fire and the smugglers advanced. When the smugglers reached the automobiles they found the wounded Inspector Scotten under the vehicle. He was pulled from under the vehicle and shot at close range in the head. The smugglers stole his pistols, ring, watch, and badge before the other inspectors advanced and forced them back into Mexico.

The case remained unsolved until 1933 when another patrol inspector interrogated two brothers in an unrelated case. The brothers confessed to knowledge that a man had bragged about killing Inspector Scotten and had the officer's pistols and possessions. In 1934, the man was convicted and sentenced to death. His sentence was commuted to life in prison on February 13, 1936.

Inspector Scotten had served with the United States Border Patrol for only nine months. He was survived by his parents, two brothers and one sister. He was buried in the Concordia Cemetery in El Paso, Texas.

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Rest in Peace Border Patrol Inspector Ivan E. Scottem. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice.

I Pray for Peace for your Family. Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever pursue your murderers. May they know no rest on this earth. May they burn forever in the lake of fire.

Amen.

Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
July 20, 2016

 

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