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Sergeant Gary W. Wolfley | Rialto Police Department, California Rialto Police Department, California

Sergeant

Gary W. Wolfley

Rialto Police Department, California

End of Watch: Monday, March 3, 1986

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/3/1986

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: Sentenced to death

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Sergeant Gary Wolfley was shot and killed after responding to an unknown disturbance at a local gas station. When he arrived on the scene he observed two men standing next to a gas pump. One of the men immediately began to run and was pursued by Sergeant Wolfley. A struggle ensued behind the service station and the suspect was able to gain control of Sergeant Wolfley's weapon and shoot him.

Sergeant Wolfley's wife, who was with the Sergeant on a ride-along, called for back-up and as back up officers were being dispatched, the suspect took Sergeant Wolfley's gun and ran north bound behind the gas station and shot at the first responding back up officer through the police vehicle windshield, but missed the officer. The suspect then ran and jump through an apartment window and shot the resident in the leg. The resident of the apartment was able to get out as the suspect barricaded himself in the apartment. Responding officers from the Rialto, Fontana, and San Bernardino police departments were able to contain the suspect in the apartment complex. The suspect later surrendered to police after a night long stand off and sentenced to death.

Sergeant Wolfley is survived by his wife, who became an officer with the Fontana Police Department about a year later.

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It's been 28 years ago today that my brother was murdered, I miss him every day, his life was taken too soon and I think about how things should have been, reading the reflections has made me smile and cry, knowing that he had so many friends that truly cared is such a comfort.
Thank you everyone for your wonderful words,
Gary, we love you and we miss you. Tell mom we said "hello"

Sandra Wolfley Kotz
Sister
March 3, 2014

 

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