Police Officer Max R. Oldham

Police Officer Max R. Oldham

Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Saturday, February 21, 1959

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Max R. Oldham

Officer Oldham was killed when his police motorcycle was struck head-on by a drunk driver. The motorcycle was the same one that Officer Richard Armijo was killed on five months earlier.

The 59-year-old driver was jailed on a drunk driving and manslaughter charge. On November 5, 1959, he pled no contest to the charges. The judge said he needed time to study the case and had him returned to jail. On Christmas Eve the judge had him released and deferred his sentence indefinitely. The driver died in 1964.

Officer Oldham had served with the Albuquerque Police Department for 1 year. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Not available

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Officer Oldham,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Albuquerque. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

February 21, 2019

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