Officer Robert Bush Butler

Officer Robert Bush Butler

Hobbs Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Saturday, July 7, 1951

Robert Bush Butler

Officer Bob Butler was shot and killed with his own service revolver after being attacked by two drunk brothers.

Officer Butler was talking with a store owner when he observed the two men walking up the street. When he stopped the two brothers he was attacked and knocked to the ground several times before one of the brothers grabbed his gun.

As he and the store owner fled into the store they were both shot and killed. One of the subject was immediately arrested and the second was apprehended a short time later after being shot and wounded. The shooter was sentenced to two life terms, but was murdered by another inmate six months after arriving at the prison. The other brother was acquitted.

Officer Butler had served with the Hobbs Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife, six sons, and two daughters.


  • Age 68
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Murdered in prison

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I passed by his gravesite today. In addition to his tombstone, there is a nice granite monument installed on the 50th anniversary of his death. His gravesite can be viewed at, Prairie Haven Cemetery, Hobbs NM. He was fairly old to be a police officer at 69 years of age. RIP officer Butler.

Private Citizen
Resident of Hobbs, NM.

October 27, 2015

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