Sergeant Gary W. Wolfley

Sergeant Gary W. Wolfley

Rialto Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, March 3, 1986

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Gary W. Wolfley

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 him on a ride along, called for backup. As backup officers were being dispatched, the man took Sergeant Wolfley's gun and ran northbound behind the gas station.

He shot at the first responding backup officer through the cruiser's windshield, but missed the officer. The man 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 subject barricaded himself in the apartment. Responding officers from the Rialto, Fontana, and San Bernardino police departments were able to contain the man in the apartment complex. The man later surrendered to police after a night long stand off.

He was convicted of Sergeant Wolfley's murder and subsequently sentenced to death.

Sergeant Wolfley was survived by his wife, who became an officer with the Fontana Police Department one year later.

Bio

  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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I responded to the shooting of Sgt. Wolfley March 3, 1986. I was a D/C with the Rialto Fire Department in charge of the Fire response. He was a good man well respected by fellow officers and also by the RFD. RIP Gary.

Henry Lewis DC Retired
Rialto Fire Department

March 4, 2019

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