Lieutenant James Monroe Vigil

Lieutenant James Monroe Vigil

Alamogordo Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Wednesday, August 29, 1973

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James Monroe Vigil

Lieutenant James Vigil was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle for speeding on U.S. Route 54.

Unbeknownst to Lieutenant Vigil, the suspect had just shot his 16-year-old wife in Kansas and was fleeing to Mexico. As Lieutenant Vigil approached the car during the traffic stop, the man opened fire with a .22 caliber handgun, striking him twice. Lieutenant Vigil was able to return fire, wounding the suspect. Although wounded, the suspect walked to Lieutenant Vigil, took his gun, and shot him twice more.

The suspect then took the gun and fled but was found later after committing suicide.

Lieutenant Vigil had been with the Alamogordo Police Department for over six years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 6 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Committed suicide

vehicle stop

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Lt. Vigil,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Alamogordo. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 29, 2023

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