Deputy Sheriff Jose Vela

Deputy Sheriff Jose Vela

Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, April 5, 1919

Jose Vela

Deputy Sheriff Jose Vela was shot and killed during a shootout with two auto thieves.

The subjects fled into the brush along the Rio Grande River and engaged deputies in a shootout throughout the night. Deputy Vela was shot and killed before one of the thieves was arrested. It is not known if the second subject was ever arrested.

Deputy Vela was survived by his wife.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Arrested

auto theft

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Deputy, Brother, we can only hope and pray that the other piece of human garbage responsible for your murder, faced true justice, if not in this life, then in the next.

May your eternal rest be ever peaceful and no doubt, God had Blessed you.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

July 20, 2017

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