Assistant Jailer Tranquilino Lopez

Assistant Jailer Tranquilino Lopez

Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

End of Watch Sunday, February 19, 1911

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Tranquilino Lopez

Assistant Jailer Tranquilino Lopez was accidentally shot and killed by a town marshal who was bringing two suspects to jail.

Upon his arrival one of the suspects yelled to the jailer that the man had a gun. Jailer Lopez opened the door and immediately grabbed the marshal, thinking he was one of the prisoners. The marshal's weapon accidentally discharged, striking Jailer Lopez in the stomach.

Jailer Lopez had served with the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Department for two years. He as survived by his wife, three sons, and a daughter.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Dona Ana County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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February 19, 2021

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