Special Officer Luis Abeyta

Special Officer Luis Abeyta

Pueblo of Isleta Police Department, Tribal Police

End of Watch Wednesday, January 12, 1921

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Luis Abeyta

Special Officer Luis Abeyta succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on January 6th, 1921, while attempting to arrest a man who had shot a teenager moments earlier.

The man shot the teen in the back due to an argument they had been involved in. Officer Abeyta located the subject near a bridge along the tracks 100 yards north of the railroad station and attempted to arrest him. The man opened fire, wounding Officer Abeyta in the hand and abdomen, before fleeing into the nearby bosk.

A posse of local, state, and federal officers responded to the area from Albuquerque and located the man in the bosk. The man was killed during an ensuing shootout.

Officer Abeyta was taken to a hospital in Albuquerque where he died on January 12th, 1921.

Officer Abeyta had served with the Pueblo of Isleta Police Department for 16 years and also served as a special officer with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Police Department. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location New Mexico
  • Incident Date Thursday, January 6, 1921
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 98th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Your sacrifice was made so many years ago. Evil was, is, and will be a part of life just as goodness such as yours will also be present.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

October 23, 2019

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