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Augustin De La Pena

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August 2, 1925

On August 2, 1925, Patrol Inspector Augustin De La Peña was shot and killed in Rio Grande City, Texas. While eating supper in a restaurant, the officer, accompanied by Patrol Inspector Fred Neale, noticed a Mexican enter the restaurant and argue with the proprietor. The Mexican acted very peculiarly, and the officers noticed that he was armed with a revolver. After leaving the restaurant, Patrol Inspector De La Peña decided to follow him and question him in regards to his immigration status. He followed him into the drug store and questioned him when the Mexican drew his revolver. The officer ordered him to drop the gun, but instead he fired striking De La Peña in the abdomen. The officer then attempted to take the revolver away from the Mexican and, after a struggle in which others could not assist because of the location of the two behind a counter, De La Peña became weakened by loss of blood and in order to protect others, drew his own revolver and shot the assailant, killing him. He died on the operating table a few hours later.