Sergeant Manuel Hurtado Tapia

Sergeant Manuel Hurtado Tapia

Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona

End of Watch Tuesday, January 8, 1991

Manuel Hurtado Tapia

Sergeant Tapia was shot and killed in Nogales by a man suspected of drug trafficking. He was in a foot pursuit when the suspect turned and shot him. The suspect was shot and killed by another officer on the scene. After the shooting, it was discovered that Sergeant Tapia was unarmed as he had inadvertently left his gun in his vehicle.

Sergeant Tapia is survived by his parents, three children, three sisters, and three brothers.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 17 years, 6 months
  • Badge 1409

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Sgt. Tapia,
On today, the 26th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Arizona. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 8, 2017

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