Patrolman Joseph Samuel "Jody" Scottino

Patrolman Joseph Samuel "Jody" Scottino

Pantego Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, February 17, 1973

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Joseph Samuel "Jody" Scottino

Patrolman Jody Scottino was accidentally shot and killed when his service weapon discharged.

He was searching for a burglary suspect in a building at 3500 West Pioneer Parkway. He was walking across the top of a building when the roof of the building collapsed. His service weapon discharged as he fell through the roof, and the round struck him.

He had served as a full-time police officer with the Pantego Police Department for only six weeks. He had previously served as a reserve officer for two years and a dispatcher for one year. He was survived by his parents, two sisters, and grandmother.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 104

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

accidental discharge, burglary

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Patrolman Scottino,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Pantego. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 17, 2023

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