Deputy Sheriff Joaquin De La Torre

Deputy Sheriff Joaquin De La Torre

Monterey County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Saturday, November 10, 1855

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Joaquin De La Torre

Deputy Sheriff Joaquin De La Torre, Deputy Sheriff Charles Layton, and Deputy Sheriff Jim Beckwith were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect wanted for murdering two other people.

They were members of a posse organized by the sheriff that had gone to the man's shack along the Salinas River south of Rancho El Tucho (Rancho Las Salinas). A woman came to the back door and told Deputy De La Torre that the suspect was not there. The man suddenly emerged from inside and fatally shot Deputy De La Torre before shooting Deputy Layton and Deputy Beckwith.

The man fled on Deputy Beckwith's horse but was later captured by a mob and lynched.


  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

murder suspect, warrant service

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Thanks for your sacrifice and bravery that faithful day. Your service to the citizens of Monterey County is appreciated. Monterey County is a beautiful place--I visit there often. You are not forgotten.

Jim Lopey, Asst. Sheriff (Ret)
Washoe County Sheriff (Reno, Nv.) & NVDPS

November 10, 2021

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