Deputy Sheriff Rudolpho Filberto Sanchez

Deputy Sheriff Rudolpho Filberto Sanchez

Costilla County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch Monday, April 16, 1973

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Rudolpho Filberto Sanchez

Deputy Rudolpho Sanchez was shot and killed after responding to a fight at a local bar.

While on the scene, he was shot with a .22 caliber pistol. Four suspects fled the scene and were later arrested in New Mexico. One of the suspects was tried but was found not guilty.

Deputy Sanchez had served with the Costilla County Sheriff's Office for one year. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Acquitted

fight call

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Deputy Sheriff Rudolpho Filberto Sanchez, you were named head of our platoon in my academy, and thus your life is one that I've had the opportunity to examine. I see that your son and granddaughters have left reflections, spreading your story and honoring your name. You're part of the great tradition I find myself blessed to take part in. A part of your life will forever go with me through my career, and I will always honor those that have gone before me, clearing the paths, establishing the bar, and living, and sometimes dying while truly being examples of the attributes I am trying to bring into my own life. I pray for healing and peace for your family sir. Thank you for everything you were and are. Rest in the embrace of our Heavenly Father, we'll hold the line from here.

Cadet J Cordell
Durango Police Department

January 12, 2023

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