Chief Deputy Rufus Dunnahoo

Chief Deputy Rufus Dunnahoo

Chaves County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Sunday, August 2, 1931

Rufus Dunnahoo

Chief Deputy Rufus Dunnahoo was shot and killed while investigating the theft of car parts.

Chief Deputy Dunnahoo, accompanied by the sheriff and a deputy, were searching a house near Dexter when a male produced a .380 caliber handgun.

As the chief and the sheriff struggled to disarm the male, the male fired a shot, striking Chief Deputy Dunnahoo in the neck.

The suspect was apprehended after a short foot chase. He was initially convicted of murdering Chief Deputy Dunnahoo and sentenced from 40 to 90 years in prison. He won a second trial on appeal and was sentenced to only 5 years for manslaughter.

Chief Deputy Dunnahoo had served with the Chaves County Sheriff's Department for 20 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

Bio

  • Age 51
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .380 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 5 years

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Chief Deputy Dunnahoo,
On today, the 85th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chaves County.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

August 2, 2016

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