Deputy City Marshal Jose T. Garza, Sr.

Deputy City Marshal Jose T. Garza, Sr.

San Juan Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, March 2, 1930

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Jose T. Garza, Sr.

Deputy City Marshal Jose Garza was shot and killed from ambush while walking in San Juan at approximately 11:00 pm.

After being shot, he stumbled into a barbershop and collapsed. It is believed he was ambushed by bootleggers whom he had investigated.

He was survived by his wife and young son.


  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Not available


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Jose Tomas Garza Sr. left behind a young widow and baby boy, Jose Tomas Jr. His young widow later remarried and had two more sons. One of them is my father. Jose Tomas Jr. was my father's older half brother. I grew up knowing him as my uncle, Jose "Pepito" Garza. He was a good man and well liked by all. His father would have been proud of him. May they both rest in peace.

Lt. Johnny Barboza
South Texas College Police Department. McAllen, Texas

August 5, 2022

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