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Bert G. Walthall

End of Watch

December 27, 1933

Patrol Inspector Walthall and other inspectors were patrolling the international boundary near Cordova Island at El Paso, Texas. The officers noticed two men cross the line with sacks on their backs and depart in a waiting automobile. The officers attempted to stop the car by blowing their horn but the smugglers only increased their speed. After a chase of a couple of blocks, the patrol car overtook the smugglers and the smugglers pulled over to the side of the road. When the patrol car stopped, Officers Walthall and Smith alighted from the right side. They were met by a blast of rifle fire from the smugglers, which instantly killed Inspector Walthall and wounded Inspector Smith.