Night Marshal Jose Maria Gonzales

Night Marshal Jose Maria Gonzales

Guadalupe County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Sunday, February 13, 1949

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Jose Maria Gonzales

Night Marshal Gonzales was killed when a man he had escorted home rather than arrest for disturbing the peace snuck into the stationhouse and stabbed Marshal Gonzales in the neck. The suspect was disarmed and arrested by a Deputy Marshal at the scene. The suspects was able to escape but was recaptured. The suspect was sentenced to 99 years in prison but was released after 10 years because he developed cancer. The suspect died soon after.
Marshal Gonzales was had been in law enforcement for nine years, 13 days of which was with the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Department. He was survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Sentenced to 99 years

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 63rd 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.

Time never dimishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 13, 2012

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