Deputy Sheriff John Hurley

Deputy Sheriff John Hurley

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

End of Watch Tuesday, January 27, 1885

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John Hurley

Deputy Sheriff John Hurley was shot and killed by a notorious Mexican outlaw. Nicholas Aragon, who rode with Billy the Kid, was an old time killer, his victims numbering a dozen. Aragon was trapped by Deputy Hurley and several other deputies in his hideout a few miles south of Las Vegas, New Mexico. While making a hole in his roof to smoke him out, Deputy Hurley was fired on by Aragon and killed. Aragon surrendered to the other deputies after being shot and wounded.

On October 26, 1884, Aragon shot and killed Deputy Sheriff Jasper N. Corn of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department when Deputy Corn cornered him in San Miguel County, New Mexico.

Nicholas Aragon was convicted of Deputy Hurley's murder and sentenced to life in prison.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Deputy Sheriff Hurley,
On today, the 132nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lincoln County.


United States Border Patrol

January 27, 2017

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