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Police Officer Gary R. Stroud | St. Charles Police Department, Missouri St. Charles Police Department, Missouri

Police Officer

Gary R. Stroud

St. Charles Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Monday, October 24, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Died in prison

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Officer Gary Stroud was shot and killed while investigating a report of a man walking around with a shotgun.

Witnesses told Officer Stroud that the man had walked down the street one block and turned the corner. Officer Stroud drove to the street and as he turned the corner the suspect ran up to the patrol car and fired the shotgun through the windshield, striking him in the chest. The man was captured minutes later after he crashed his car into a utility pole.

The man was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison. He died in prison in 2016.

Officer Stroud had served with the St. Charles Police Department for 18 months. He is survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.

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Thank you for your post John Haseltine. The man who killed our dad did die in prison. When I heard the news, I cried. Not because I felt any sympathy for this murderer, but for the fact that in a way, that part was finally over. Our dad can really rest in peace now.

Heather Stroud Long
Daughter
May 15, 2017

 

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