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

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.

Bio

  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

May 30, 2015

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