Officer Victoria Louise Chavez

Officer Victoria Louise Chavez

Farmington Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Thursday, July 9, 1992

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Victoria Louise Chavez

Officer Vickie Chavez was shot and killed while conducting a vacation check of a local residence at 11:15 am.

When she arrived at the house, the owner's son emerged from the residence with a shotgun and opened fire, shooting her before she had an opportunity to exit her patrol car.

The suspect was arrested 1 1/2 hours later, near the Colorado border. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Chavez had served with the Farmington Police Department for 18 months. She is survived by her husband and two daughters.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Life in Prison

ambush, convicted felon, welfare check

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Officer Chavez,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Farmington. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 9, 2022

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