Officer Ishkoten Koteen

Officer Ishkoten Koteen

Jicarilla Apache Tribal Police Department, Tribal Police

End of Watch Monday, May 8, 1961

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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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Officer Koteen,
On today, the 60th anniversary of of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of your Tribe. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 8, 2021

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