Sergeant Sagotal

Sergeant Sagotal

San Carlos Apache Tribal Police Department, Tribal Police

End of Watch Wednesday, April 19, 1882

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Sergeant Sagotal and Chief of Police Albert Sterling were killed by a group of Indians, including Geronimo, who were coming to raid the town of San Carlos, Arizona.

Chief Sterling and Sergeant Sagotal rode out to intercept them at their camp near the confluence of the San Carlos River and Gila River. The group shot both officers, killing Chief Sterling and wounding Sergeant Sagotal. Despite his wounds, Sergeant Sagotal rode back to town, organized a posse, and returned to the area. Upon their return, Sergeant Sagotal was fatally wounded. Chief Sterling was killed first and the guide later.

The group of Indians, numbering over 100, murdered over 50 people as they made their way to Mexico. They were attacked by both United States and Mexican troopers in which over 90 warriors were killed and over 30 women and children were captured.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Arizona
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Sgt. Sagotal,
On today, the 140th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice as a Law Enforcement Officer.


United States Border Patrol

April 19, 2022

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