Deputy Sheriff Daniel Bustamante

Deputy Sheriff Daniel Bustamante

Valencia County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

End of Watch Wednesday, May 25, 1898

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Daniel Bustamante

Deputy Sheriff Daniel Bustamante and Deputy Sheriff Frank Vigil were shot and killed about 20 miles west of Santa Rita while attempting to arrest a group of men who had robbed a Santa Fe Railroad train in Belen.

The two deputies, along with two Native American trackers, trailed the men and located their campground. As they attempted to arrest them the men opened fire with Winchester rifles, killing both deputies and one of the trackers, whose name is not known. The remaining tracker retrieved their horses and returned to Magdalena where he sent a telegram to the sheriff.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Winchester
  • Offender Not available


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Deputy Sheriff Bustamante,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Valencia County.


United States Border Patrol

May 25, 2023

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