Deputy Sheriff Ralph R. Higginbotham

Deputy Sheriff Ralph R. Higginbotham

Dona Ana County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Friday, May 30, 1952

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Ralph R. Higginbotham

Deputy Higginbotham was shot and killed after he and a town marshal stopped a speeding car. After the car pulled over to the curb the two officers approached the driver. The man opened fire on them with a .45 caliber handgun, fatally wounding Deputy Higginbotham and wounding the marshal. The suspect was apprehended a short time later by a small posse. He was convicted of Deputy Higginbotham's murder and sentenced to life.

Deputy Higginbotham was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Higginbotham.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 28, 2019

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