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


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

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: 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 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.

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You were my sergeant, my friend and my mentor. You took pity on a green rookie and helped guide me onto a successful career in law enforcement. You, me and Paul Amicone were all preparing to play football in the Pig Bowl when you were stolen from us. You brought honor to our profession and inspiration to young Rialto Police Officers. I took every rookie officer I trained to your grave to show you the respect you deserve. Thank you my friend. It was an honor to serve under you as a Rialto Police Officer. I will see you in heaven. Rest in the arms of Jesus Christ our Savior.

Chief Robert Boone (Ret.)
Bonners Ferry Idaho PD
May 4, 2015


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