Deputy Sheriff Billy Meador

Deputy Sheriff Billy Meador

Torrance County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

End of Watch Saturday, July 29, 1933

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Billy Meador

Deputy Sheriff Billy Meador succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day when he was shot while attempting to make an arrest in Mountainair with his father, who was the county sheriff.

They were attempting to arrest the parolee on a warrant for assaulting an officer in Bernalillo County when the shooting occurred. The subject was shot and wounded during the shootout but was able to escape.

He was eventually arrested, convicted of second degree murder, and sentenced to 75 to 80 years. He received a new trial, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter, and sentenced to 10 to 20 years. The subject's brother and brother-in-law were acquitted of the same charge.

Bio

  • Age 20
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, July 28, 1933
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 years

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Billy Meador was my uncle. My mom, Geraldine Gail Meador Butler, was 16 years old when her older brother was killed. My grandfather, William Rexford Meador, was the county sheriff. My grandmother, Mary Ethel Clark Meador, found out by accident when my grandfather's telephone call was sent by the local switchboard in Estancia to their house instead of where he wanted the phone call to go. Both my grandparents never could talk to me about his death nor did I feel comfortable in asking them about his death. My mom explained to me. I was not born until 1943 but still get sad over my grandparents' and mother's loss.

To the officers who risk their lives daily, thank you.

Barbara Gail Butler Rust
niece

August 26, 2020

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