Deputy Sheriff Robert Alexander Trice

Deputy Sheriff Robert Alexander Trice

El Paso County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, November 18, 1931

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Robert Alexander Trice

Deputy Sheriff Robert Alexander Trice was shot and killed at 2:15 am after interrupting several men attempting to break into a store in Clint.

His body was not found until 6:00 a.m. when the owner arrived to open the store. Deputy Trice had been shot three times at close range. Deputy Trice's watchman's clock showed he had rung in at 2:15 a.m., probably a few minutes before the shooting took place. The killers took his pistol and keys. The front door of the store had holes bored into the lock.

The newspaper reported that Deputy Trice had arrested two men about six months earlier who were committing area burglaries and fleeing back into Mexico afterward. The store had been burglarized three times recently.

Three men were arrested by Juarez, Mexico police with evidence from another store burglary and cartridges from the same caliber that killed Deputy Trice. Fingerprints were lifted at the scene and compared to the three suspects. They were later released. It is unknown if anyone was ever arrested or convicted for the murder of Deputy Trice.

Deputy Trice was reported to have lived in and around Clint for 23 years. He was survived by his wife, five sons and two daughters. He was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in El Paso.


  • Age 54
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Never apprehended


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Deputy Sheriff Trice,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of El Paso County. I am a Border Patrol Agent and have lived in El Paso since 1996 and have worked with Deputies from your Department countless and they have always been professional and great to work with.


United States Border Patrol

November 18, 2021

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