Patrolman Stephen A. Sandlin

Patrolman Stephen A. Sandlin

Mountainair Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Saturday, May 7, 1988

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Stephen A. Sandlin

Patrolman Stephen Sandlin was shot and killed inside of the Mountainair Police Department building at approximately 7:30 pm.

It is believed that he was murdered in retaliation for a large narcotics arrest he had made two days earlier.

His murder remains unsolved.

Patrolman Sandlin had only served with the Mountainair Police Department for two months. He was survived by his son and girlfriend.


  • Age 21
  • Tour 2 months
  • Badge 4

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

police station, retaliation

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Miss you very much Steve! You always defended me in High School when older bigger kids were picking on me. You would come from Bosque Farms to pick me up for school every morning when I was a Junior and you were a Senior. We rode together in your Camaro and had so many great times in high school. Just can't believe your gone! I was really good friends with Steve from 1984 until his death. Steve never ever did drugs and never was depressed or ever talked about suicide. I know he was murdered and I pray for justice for him and his family!

Patrick Garcia
Best Friend in High School

June 26, 2018

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