Deputy Sheriff Ernest Calvillo

Deputy Sheriff Ernest Calvillo

Pima County Sheriff's Department, Arizona

End of Watch Thursday, July 21, 1983

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Ernest Calvillo

Deputy Calvillo was shot and killed while attempting to break up a fight at a local bar.

He and another deputy were working an off-duty security detail at a local bar when a patron informed the officers that there was a fight and one of the men was in the parking lot with a gun. The officers located the suspect holding a rifle and told him to leave. The suspect left the scene and then returned and began speaking with the officers again. The suspect's brother then pulled up and fired at the deputies, striking Deputy Calvillo. The other deputy returned fire, killing the suspect who fired the weapon.

Deputy Calvillo had been with the agency for just under 10.5 years.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 10 years, 6 months
  • Badge 233

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, July 20, 1983
  • Weapon Handgun; .44 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

off duty

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Ernie was a really cool guy. He provided off-duty/in-uniform security at my high school football games, and always busted my chops as we headed out onto the field. I was actually at the place where he was killed about 4 hours earlier that day, and my mom, an ER Nurse, told me the shocking news the next morning. Ernie was way too young to be robbed of his life like that, and I'm thankful that the other Deputy took his killer out on the spot.

Charles Mote
A friend of Ernie's

January 2, 2021

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