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Officer Gordon A. Silva | San Jose Police Department, California San Jose Police Department, California

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Gordon A. Silva

San Jose Police Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, January 20, 1989

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 17 years

Badge # 1512

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Gordon Silva and Officer Gene Simpson were shot and killed after responding to a call of a homeless man harassing other citizens. Officer Simpson was the initial officer on the scene and was shot while talking with the man, who then ducked into a nearby parking lot and hid. While Officer Silva was searching for the man he was also shot and killed. Other responding units shot and killed the suspect.
Officer Silva had been with the agency for 17 years.

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Officer Gene Ronald Simpson
San Jose Police Department, California
End of Watch: Friday, January 20, 1989
Cause: Gunfire

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I met Gordon in High School. He lived two doors down from me. All I have is good thoughts when remembering him. In the early 70's I ran into him in Los Gatos and then again in 1980 out in front of the courthouse in San Jose.

He was always pleasant and never had anything bad to say about anyone. The sound of his voice was so relaxing and he always made one feel welcome.

He is missed. People like Gordon are rare

Jon Coad
High School friend
February 7, 2014

 

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