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Sergeant George Daniel Sullivan | University of Nevada Reno Police Department, Nevada University of Nevada Reno Police Department, Nevada

Sergeant

George Daniel Sullivan

University of Nevada Reno Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 13, 1998

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Edged weapon; Hatchet

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Sergeant George Sullivan was found beaten to death next to his patrol car at approximately 1:00 am.

Sergeant Sullivan was ambushed by a man who held a hatred for law enforcement officers. The man attacked him with a hatchet, fatally wounding him. His body was found by two university employees walking through campus.

After murdering Sergeant Sullivan, the suspect took his gun belt and gun and fled the area. He was arrested two days later after a standoff with the Salt Lake City, Utah, Police Department. On October 6, 1999, the was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

Sergeant Sullivan had served with the agency for 18 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.

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George, I think of you all the time. I still remember the horrid sense of loss that morning when my wife and I both got called into work because of your death. One of the worst days of my life, and nothing will ever erase that day from my mind. I know how much you disliked working graveyard shift, even though I really liked it. I remember being excited when you came to graveyard, because I really enjoyed our meetings up behind Lawlor. Our talks were fun, and I loved hearing about all the things happening with your wife and kids. In fact, as I recall we never talked about anything other than our families. Probably why I enjoyed visiting with you so much.

This week, I attended the C.O.P.S. Evening In Blue. Carolyn was there, and I got to say hello and give her a quick hug. I see her all the time at church, and I know how busy she is these days. She worked SO hard to help make this Evening In Blue a success, and she brought a whole bunch of photos of you that we all got to see on the big screen. Buddy, I sat there at my table and cried. I still miss you, even after all these years.

After your passing, I noticed a permanent sadness in myself that just didn't go away. I loved my job, but it wasn't as fun anymore. I had to work the south side of town, because I couldn't stand to be anywhere near the University. I still avoid driving in that area unless I have to. I finally got transferred to Detectives and finished my career there, retiring early in 2002.

I'm sorry it took me so long to post here. I've known about this site for many years, but I just couldn't bring myself to sit and write. The Evening In Blue event changed that, and brought me a little peace about your death. It still hurts, always will, but hearing the words spoken by Sheriff David Clark at the event gave me a sense of purpose again. Sheriff Clark very eloquently explained why he does what he does reference police homicides, and it gave me hope that something can and will be done to help reduce future police murders.

I hope your time with Jesus has been amazing. I know some day soon I'll be there too, and I can't wait to see you again!! I can't wait to hear all the cool things your kids have been doing while you've watched over them. I've also just become a grandfather for the first time, hopefully I'll have some stories to share with you too.

Det. Sgt. Loren Ross (Ret.)
Reno NV PD
November 16, 2016

 

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