Sergeant Vincent Tyrone Tatum

Sergeant Vincent Tyrone Tatum

Nevada Department of Corrections, Nevada

End of Watch Thursday, September 2, 1982

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Vincent Tyrone Tatum

Sergeant Vincent Tatum was abducted, beaten, and shot four times in the head after finishing his shift at the Southern Desert Correctional Center. His body was found in the desert near Las Vegas a month later.

He was conducting an internal investigation involving contraband being smuggled into the prison by prison employees. It is believed that he was murdered to hamper the investigation.

No arrests were ever made and his murder remains unsolved.

Sergeant Tatum had served with the Nevada Department of Corrections for four years. He was survived by his wife and one child.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never identified

investigation, retaliation

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Sgt. Tatum,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Nevada. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


United States Border Patrol

September 2, 2022

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