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

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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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Deputy Sheriff Gurule,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Santa Fe County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 7, 2020

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