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Elfego Baca - The Frisco Shootout, Law and Order, Political Life, Legends

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Mexican-American hero, born in Socorro, New Mexico, USA. A fearless lawman, he protected Mexican-Americans from Texans in New Mexico Territory. In 1884 he arrested a drunken Texas cowboy and killed another Texan who tried to free him. Besieged and shot at by a mob of Texans, he surrendered, was tried, and found innocent. He was sheriff of Socorro Co and then turned to practising law (1894–1945).

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