Lieutenant William Sibrava

Lieutenant William Sibrava

Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Friday, May 27, 1994

William Sibrava

Lieutenant William Sibrava was shot and killed while attempting to serve an involuntary mental commitment order on the son of a state attorney. While at the residence the son opened fire, striking his father once and Lieutenant Sibrava twice.

Although mortally wounded, Lieutenant Sibrava was able to return fire and strike the suspect. Backup deputies were engaged in a gunfight with the suspect, who died at the scene after being shot a total of 15 times.

Lieutenant Sibrava had served with the department for 19 years and had planned to retire the following year.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 27, 2015

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