Mounted Guard Charles Gardiner

Mounted Guard Charles Gardiner

United States Department of Labor - Immigration Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, October 21, 1922

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Charles Gardiner

Mounted Guard Charles Gardiner was shot and killed on the Upper Valley Road in El Paso County, Texas.

He and several other officers noticed a suspicious wagon being driven along a road by two men. The officers stopped the wagon, and as they advanced the suspects opened fire and fled. Mounted Guard Gardiner and another officer were wounded in the initial round of fire. The officers returned fire as the suspects waded across the Rio Grande River and escaped into Mexico. Several sacks containing 12 bottles of tequila were found in the wagon. Both wounded officers were taken to the hospital, where Mounted Guard Gardiner died on Saturday, October 21st, 1922, at 5:00 a.m.

Mounted Guard Gardiner was survived by his wife and children. He had served with the United States Border Patrol for four years. He was buried in Concordia Cemetery in El Paso, Texas.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Texas
  • Incident Date Friday, October 20, 1922
  • Weapon Handgun; Flare gun
  • Offender Not available

alcohol violation, illegal alien

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 88th anniversary 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

October 21, 2010

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