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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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18 years ago today I lost a part of myself. How is it possible that a person could continue to survive with a broken heart? I love and miss you so much son. You made me laugh like no one ever could. You made me cry like I never cried before. The best thing you ever did for me was you made me a Mom, your Mom. Today your my precious Angel. Until the day we are together again, continue to watch over all of us. Happy New Year son. God Bless your soul.

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January 2, 2016


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