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Police Officer II Steven Gerald Gajda | Los Angeles Police Department, California Los Angeles Police Department, California

Police Officer II

Steven Gerald Gajda

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, January 1, 1998

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 12940

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/31/1997

Weapon: Handgun; .25 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed by other officers

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Officer Steven Gajda died on January 1, 1998, after being shot in the head while assigned to stop people from shooting guns in the air on New Year's Eve.

He and other officers stopped at a party which seemed out of control to issue a warning. While they were approaching several gang members, the gang members fled and were pursued by the officers. Officer Gajda chased one man who appeared to have a weapon in his waistband and was shot in the ensuing struggle. Two officers on the scene returned fire, killing the 17 year old suspect who had been wanted for murder since March of 1997.

Officer Gajda is survived by his wife and two children.

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Happy Birthday Son!

There is never a day that goes by that I don't think of you. I miss you with all my heart. You were the child who first gave me the title "Mother" and I cherish that title. I cherish that title as much as I cherish my sons.

Your brothers have beautiful families and you have seven nieces and one nephew. None of them ever had the pleasure of meeting their Uncle Steve. But they all know exactly who you are and what a Hero you are.

Love you son, Happy Birthday. Until we are together again.

October 30, 2017


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