Lieutenant Cecilia M. Cipriani-Benefiel

Lieutenant Cecilia M. Cipriani-Benefiel

El Paso County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch Friday, November 16, 1990

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Cecilia M. Cipriani-Benefiel

Lieutenant Cecilia Cipriani-Benefiel was shot and killed at her home, near the intersection of Dorchester Drive and West Navajo Street, when she surprised a burglary suspect.

Her body was found the following day when she did not respond to telephone calls or arrive to work.

The case remains unsolved.

Lieutenant Cipriani-Benefiel had served with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office for eight years. She is survived by two brothers.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Never identified

at home, burglary

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In college you were so confident, smart, and outgoing. I knew you were going to go far in your career, and make a difference in people’s lives. I was totally stunned when I heard your life had been taken by a coward, in a brutal way. Almost 30 years later, I look at your picture and still have a hard time believing it. Rest easy C.C. I think of you with great fondness.

D. K.
Friend From College

June 25, 2020

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