Deputy Sheriff Leopoldo Cesilo Gurule

Deputy Sheriff Leopoldo Cesilo Gurule

Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

End of Watch Saturday, June 7, 1980

Leopoldo Cesilo Gurule

Deputy Sheriff Leopoldo Gurule was shot and killed after responding to a domestic dispute. When he arrived at the scene a woman ran to his patrol car and screamed that her husband had a rifle and was going to kill the officer. As he attempted to back out of the parking spot the suspect opened fire, fatally wounding him. He was able to call for backup before succumbing to his wounds.

Responding officers located Deputy Gurule next to his patrol car and found the suspect dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Deputy Gurule had served with the agency for six years and had previously served with the Santa Fe Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He was survived by his wife and three children.

A city park and a new detention center were named in his honor.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 9

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .308 caliber
  • Offender Comitted suicide

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Debbie thank you for sharing your story, Leo was a wonderful and loving person. May God Bless him and keep you son and his fellow officers, safe and return them to their families.

A retired SFPD Police Lieutenant

Santa Fe Police

May 3, 2016

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