Sergeant Emilio Mestas

Sergeant Emilio Mestas

Clayton Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Thursday, July 19, 1973

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Emilio Mestas

Sergeant Mestas was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance caused by a large group of teenagers. Several suspects had led officers in a vehicle pursuit and led them to a home where approximately 40 teenagers had been causing a problem all night. As several officers got out of their patrol car one of the teenagers opened fire, striking Sergeant Mestas in the head. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wound the following morning. The suspect was apprehended, convicted of involuntary manslaughter, and sentenced to ten years in jail.
Sergeant Mestas had been with the agency for 13 years and was survived by his wife and nine children.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, July 18, 1973
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to ten years

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Sergeant Mestas, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 27, 2020

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