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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: Sentenced to life

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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 a 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 suspect was captured minutes later after he crashed his car into a utility pole.

The suspect was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life.

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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Gary was one of my best friends as we worked for the St.Charles P.D. As rookies together..we had some great undercover details and shared our deepest secrets and concerns. I worked with Gary the night he was gunned down..as it was I was on one call as he got the call man with gun at a local bar...Gary arrived..Davis saw him and fled in his car..Gary gave pursuit and I left my burglary..call..I heard a shot over the radio..minutes later heard Dave say..officer down..officer shot...I caught and arrested Davis after he fled and struck a telephone and hid in bushes..he resisted we fought..he sustained head injuries..I took him to St. Joseph's Hospital..on arrival an ambulance arrive the same time..the paramedics took Gary out on a stretcher...only then did it sink in my best friend was in critical condition..No one wants to believe their best friend is really in bad shape....I turned Davis over to Rodney and went into the cubical with Gary and held his hand as doctors were trying their best to save him..moments later I said Gary I love you and always will miss you...today I found this site by accident and I say again Gary I love and miss you..I also say he was a great police officer and family man....and he was a patriot who gave his life and made the ultimate sacrifice !
I also say to you Gary....God bless you and may you be in peace with him!

Retired Police Detective Ernest Sutton S
St. Charles City P.D. Best Friend
February 6, 2014


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