Officer Rank: Deputy Sheriff
Memorial Panel: 41-W: 23
Department: Valencia County, New Mexico, S.O.
End of Watch: 10/06/2002
Length of Service: 3
Deputy Montano was shot and killed when he and his brother, a New Mexico State Patrolman, assisted a restaurant owner in breaking up a fight between two women. Deputy Montano and Patrolman Eric Montano identified themselves as officers to the restaurant owner when the fight broke out. After escorting the two female suspects outside, an unknown gunman opened fire on both officers. Deputy Montano was fatally shot more than seven times. His brother was shot in the hip and suffered non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was found guilty of first-degree murder and attempted murder.