Police Officer Gilbert Montoya

Police Officer Gilbert Montoya

Moriarty Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Saturday, February 18, 1967

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Gilbert Montoya

Officer Montoya was shot and killed while investigating suspicious activity at a local store. He had been called at home by the merchant who saw a car parked outside of the store. While questioning two suspects outside, another suspect inside of the store opened fire with a .22 caliber revolver, striking Officer Montoya in the back of the head. The suspects then stole Officer Montoya's gun and fled the scene. A tip from an anonymous source led to the arrest of the suspects two days later. All three were charged with Officer Montoya's murder.

The charges were dropped against one of the suspects and another was acquitted. The gunman was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 2 to 10 years. He received an additional 2 to 10 years for breaking into the store and escaping from jail while he was awaiting trial. He was paroled in 1974. On July 1, 1999, he murdered two men in Albuquerque. He was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to life.

Officer Montoya was a U.S. Army veteran and had served in law enforcement for about five years. He was survived by his wife and son.

Bio

  • Age 31
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 1

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 2 to 10 years

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At the age of 9 years old. As your cousin you are the first death I ever remember. This was very hard for me because it was the first time I ever saw my father cry. It was also very hard when your father passed shortly after from what was a overdose. Again this was very hard for my father. I want to thank you for you service and your dedication to your duty. May you and your father and mother rest in peace.

Alan Baca
Cousin

January 15, 2019

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