Deputy Sheriff William A. Bergin

Deputy Sheriff William A. Bergin

Colfax County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

End of Watch Tuesday, June 27, 1882

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William A. Bergin

Deputy Sheriff William Bergin was shot and killed by a mob while he was attempting to protect a prisoner.

The mob wanted to hang the prisoner for murdering local citizens. The mob hung the prisoner after shooting Deputy Bergin.

Deputy Bergin had served with the Colfax County Sheriff's Office for six years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

prisoner custody

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Deputy Sheriff Bergin,
On today, the 140th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Colfax County.


United States Border Patrol

June 27, 2022

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