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Patrolman Allen William Gibson, Jr. | Waverly Police Department, Virginia Waverly Police Department, Virginia

Patrolman

Allen William Gibson, Jr.

Waverly Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Saturday, April 25, 1998

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 5

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Gibson was shot and killed after confronting two male suspects while on foot patrol in a wooded area behind an apartment complex. Upon confronting the suspects a struggle ensued and Officer Gibson was shot once in the abdomen with his own weapon. The round struck the edge of his bullet proof vest. He was taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his wound.

One suspect who shot Patrolman Gibson was arrested the following day and the second suspect was later arrested.

The prosecutor struck a plea bargain with the two suspects, who were originally charged with capital murder, against Patrolman Gibson's family's wishes. On December 8, 1999, the shooter plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 5 years in prison. The second suspect plead guilty to acting as an accessory after the fact and was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

In 2002 both suspects were tried in federal courts and convicted of Officer Gibson's murder. Both men were sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole.

Officer Gibson had served with the 6-person department for only 2 months and had a total of 2 years of law enforcement experience. He is survived by his wife and 8-year-old daughter.

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