Deputy Sheriff Manuel Quintana

Deputy Sheriff Manuel Quintana

Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

End of Watch Monday, November 14, 1932

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Manuel Quintana

Deputy Sheriff Manuel Quintana was shot and killed by the brother of a juvenile he had arrested for disorderly conduct at a dance hall in El Rito.

The 14-year-old had created a disturbance with a slingshot, after he got mad because a girl refused to dance with him. The boy's 19-year-old brother approached Deputy Quintana and shot him the face, killing him. As a local constable chased the killer he turned and fired at him twice. The constable caught him and took him into custody. An examination of the pistol showed it had been shot three times but the trigger was pulled five times. The last two bullets, meant for the constable, were defective.

The juvenile was convicted of a weapons charge and sent to the state reform school. The older brother pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 90 to 99 years in prison.

Deputy Quintana was survived by his wife and chidren.


  • Age 54
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Sentenced to 99 years


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Deputy Sheriff Quintana,
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 Rio Arriba County.


United States Border Patrol

November 14, 2022

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