What happened:

On the morning of Dec. 1, 2007, Alfred J. Chavez, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Ranger, noticed someone had tampered with a lock and chain on the gate of a Corps-owned pump house near Abiquiu Lake, N.M.

As Mr. Chavez investigated, two men left the pump house. One of the men pulled out a revolver and fired two shots at Mr. Chavez. One bullet whizzed by Mr. Chavez's head, but the other struck him just above the right knee. The men fled and have not been apprehended. Mr. Chavez survived.

The suspects:

Suspect #1 (shooter): White or Hispanic male in his early to mid-20s, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds. He had black hair and a very pronounced tattoo of some sort of figure on the side of his neck.

Suspect #2: White or Hispanic male, late teens to early 20s, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He had short, light brown hair and a moustache. The suspect had a colored tattoo on at least one forearm.

The suspects were last seen leaving the area in a 1990s-model white two-door Ford F-250 with tinted windows. The vehicle had a single step under each door, chrome rims and body damage on the passenger-side tailgate area. 

Below is a similar truck:

Image of a 1990s model white Ford pickup truck that is similar to one used in the Dec. 1, 2007, shooting at Abiquiu

If you know something: 

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Albuquerque FBI at 505-889-1300 (24 hours), or send a tip online at

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Corps Watch Program


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, “Corps Watch” Program is patterned after the neighborhood crime-watch deterrence program to protect Corps of Engineers assets. Each year, millions of dollars in property damage are lost due to vandalism, larceny, arson, and environmental and cultural degradation. This program is designed to heighten public awareness of the seriousness of the impacts of crime within or around dams, lakes, navigational locks, recreational areas, and other Corps of Engineers facilities.

To help fight these crimes and reduce operations and maintenance costs, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received Congressional authority to offer cash rewards of up to $1,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of individuals causing damage to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property. Individuals who witness or suspect that a crime has been committed against Corps property are encouraged to use the toll-free number, 1-866-413-7970, to report information of theft, vandalism, or any other threats or suspicious activity against Corps property 24 hours a day. Callers can remain anonymous. This program does not replace the 911 emergency notification system.

For more information about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, “Corps Watch” Property Protection Program, please contact Paul F.Toman, Project Manager, at 412-395-7176 or Stephen Davidson, Program Manager, at 412-395-7504.