Patrolman Manuel Olivas

Patrolman Manuel Olivas

New Mexico State Police, New Mexico

End of Watch Friday, February 1, 1985

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Manuel Olivas

Patrolman Manuel Olivas was struck and killed by a drunk driver while investigating an earlier accident on I-25 near the Pecos River Bridge in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

He was struck while taking measurements at the accident scene. The suspect continued driving but was later arrested during a police search of the area. The man was charged with vehicular homicide.

Patrolman Olivas had been in law enforcement for seven years. He was survived by his expectant wife and daughter. His wife gave birth to his son only three months after his death.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Charged with vehicular homicide

accident scene, Impaired Driver

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Manuel - rest in peace brother. We worked together with the Roswell NM Police Department for a short time, as Field Training Officers. I resigned and went back to school and you resigned to go back to NMSP. It was an honor to have worked with you.

Special Agent John Fischer
Federal Investigative Services

April 11, 2024

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