Officer Joseph Mareno

Officer Joseph Mareno

Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Tuesday, September 18, 1923

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Joseph Mareno

Officer Joseph Mareno was shot and killed when he and two other officers went to an area of St. Francis Street and Railroad Avenue (present-day Myrtle Walk), searching for a murder suspect at approximately 4:00 a.m.

During the search, Officer Mareno was shot in the shoulder, the bullet passing through his chest. He died an hour later.

The suspect was never apprehended.

It was Officer Mareno's last day on the force. He was retiring after serving 19 years as a firefighter and 10 months as a police officer. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender At large

murder suspect

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Officer Mareno was my Great Grandfather. One of his two daughters was my Grandmother and my Dad's mother. Sadly, she had a similar fate as his and died all too young, when my father was in his teens and my uncle seven years younger. However, Officer Mareno's life of service to others certainly was echoed in his grandchildren as my Dad served twenty years in the US Navy (both Korean and VN wars) and his brother spent a lifetime as a minister and has now retired to Baton Rouge.

Robert E Sides
Great Grandson

March 25, 2024

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