Deputy Marshal Philip Olivas

Deputy Marshal Philip Olivas

Mesilla Marshal's Office, New Mexico

End of Watch Tuesday, September 1, 1992

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Philip Olivas

Deputy Marshal Philip Olivas was struck and killed by a vehicle.

He had stopped a person for a traffic violation when the man jumped out of his vehicle and fled on foot. Deputy Olivas chased him on foot along the country road and then down an unlit road where he caught up to him. He then told a bystander to go to his cruiser and call for assistance as he was struggling with the suspect in the roadway.

A responding unit came down the unlit road and did not see the two fighting until it was too late and struck them both. The suspect died at the scene and Deputy Olivas died about 30 minutes later.

The suspect ran because he was driving on a revoked license.

Deputy Olivas was a U.S. Air Force veteran.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 306
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

foot pursuit, traffic stop

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My dearest brother, best friend, and Angel in Heaven,
For many years I felt lost as you were taken from our lives so soon. We had an entire world to explore together and hundreds of plans to fulfill. I since then have made peace with God, as for he has the plans for us all. It is with every ounce of my being that I miss you and the times we had together. My entire life, I grew up in your shadow known as “Lil’ Philip”. Growing up that was annoying but the older I got, the more it became a badge of honor and a legacy I believed in and felt the need to continue to grow. We shared many crazy adventures and leaned on one another through many trying times. Together we were invincible! Perhaps the greatest thing you taught me was kindness, often displayed by your amazing hugs and the selfless actions you often expressed in my favor or someone else who you helped. Another important lesson you taught me was to live life with humor. It is important to be able to laugh at life and yourself. The last if the three major lessons you taught me was to love. You showed me that love should never be just words spoken, but actions that come from the heart. In all, in our short time together you taught me that life is better lived when you are kind, laugh, and love.

Since you have passed, I have felt your presence as you have guided me and my family through very critical times. You have continued to be my North star as I navigate the barriers and successes in life. I remember a conversation we once had, I don’t remember the exact situation but I remember you bringing me in, giving me a big hug, looking into my eyes and saying, “no matter what or who, we always have each other.” I feel you nudge me every now in then as you keep me in check. My family has also felt your presence and we all feel as if you have been our guardian angel who keeps us safe, laughing, and loving. The very thought of you brings smiles to my face and peace throughout my heart. Please continue to look after us all (our family, your beautiful and amazing girls, and my family). I hope you hear my many conversations and messages as I look to the sky, send you a hug, and wish you well.

Since you have passed, I have only been able to catch a glimmer of your girls and briefly learn tad bits of who they have become to be. I am confident that you would be proud of them both. Each of them carries a bit of you in them. They both have your contagious smile and eyes. They have been strong and navigated their lives in your absence courageously and successfully. I am confident that they too will continue to grow your legacy as they continue to grow and become the best versions of themselves. Like you, they are strong, resilient, brave, and have your fighting spirit to give life as much as they have and no matter what… come out on top as victors. I have no good reasons for not knowing them more, I have so many memories of you to share with them… I hope one day we can get together and I can share your life with them… I know that no one knew you better than I do! We were inseparable growing up together, and despite you being the older one of us; I remember taking care of you (I know you my dispute this fact, however; when you were scared at night, you would run to my room, push me to the other side of the bed, and jump in so that you could sleep). I hope that one day I can do the same for your girls when they too need to feel safe, loved, or just need a hug. I will do better to get to know them more and make it routine to stay connected and in their lives. I’m sorry brother for not being a better uncle to your girls.

As I read the tributes on your page, it is only testimony that here on earth you are missed very much. Everyone has noted your courageous acts, love, strength, and passion for life. You have many people thinking of you and wishing you were still here today. From friends, family, and strangers… you have made an impression in this world that has resonated strongly with those you were connected to. Until we meet again big bro, I will do my best to make you proud. Love, Lil Philip!

James Olivas

April 1, 2021

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