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,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Baton Rouge. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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September 18, 2023

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