Officer Ishkoten Koteen

Officer Ishkoten Koteen

Jicarilla Apache Tribal Police Department, Tribal Police

End of Watch Monday, May 8, 1961

Ishkoten Koteen

Officer Ishkoten Koteen was shot and killed after pursuing a suspect whom he had just exchanged shots with.

He was on patrol when he encountered the man stealing gas from a natural gas well. The two men exchanged shots but both missed. Officer Koteen then pursued the suspect a short distance where the two exchanged shots again. Officer Koteen was fatally wounded and the suspect suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.

The suspect was apprehended the following day at a local hospital.

Officer Koteen had served with the Jicarilla Apache Tribal Police Department for 30 years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 63
  • Tour 30 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location New Mexico
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Charged with murder

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My mother Thelma Koteen eldest daughter of Ishkoten loved her father very much. She was very proud of his dedication to the Jicarilla Apache community in Dulce. He will live forever in our hearts.

Lolita Quiroz
Grand daughter

May 4, 2017

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