Officer John Arthur Carrillo

Officer John Arthur Carrillo

Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Sunday, February 22, 1987

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John Arthur Carrillo

Officer Carrillo was shot and killed while he and another officer were investigating a domestic dispute. The officers responded to a residence in an affluent neighborhood after receiving a call from a woman who claimed she had been beaten. The man at the home invited them in to look around after saying no woman was in the home.

After following the man upstairs he suddenly grabbed a briefcase which contained a handgun and opened fire on the officers, striking Officer Carrillo, who was not wearing a vest, in the chest. The other officer on the scene pulled Officer Carrillo out of the line of fire while returning fire. He later received the Medal of Valor for his bravery.

The suspect, a physicist at Sandia National Laboratories, was arrested and charged with murder and several counts of attempted murder. He was found guilty after two trials and sentenced to life in prison. Officer Carrillo's tape recorder was on and recorded the whole incident, refuting the suspect's defense that he fired on the officers in self-defense. The suspect's appeal for a new trial was denied in 1995.

Officer Carrillo had served with the agency for 6 years. He was survived by his infant son, parents, and six siblings.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 547

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Appeal for new trial denied in 1995

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