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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Rest in peace Deputy Marshal Olivas.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 11, 2020

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