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Police Officer Stephen Gerard Gilner | Cobb County Police Department, Georgia Cobb County Police Department, Georgia

Police Officer

Stephen Gerard Gilner

Cobb County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Saturday, July 24, 1999

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 1285

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/23/1999

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Killed during second raid

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Police Officer Stephen Gilner and Sergeant Stephen Reeves were shot and killed during a SWAT raid.

The two officers were on a SWAT Team entering a house during a standoff of a man who had shot and wounded another officer earlier in the day. After knocking in the door and setting off stun grenades, the team entered the house and the suspect opened fire with a shotgun, striking Sergeant Reeves, the fourth man in a five-man tactical entry team.

Officer Gilner, the fifth man on the team, entered the residence to pull Sergeant Reeves out of harms way. He then re-entered the residence, at which point he was also shot. They were both transported to a local hospital where they were pronounced dead. A third officer who entered the house was also shot and wounded.

The Cobb County Sheriff's Department's SWAT Team took over the mission early the next day. The suspect was shot and killed as he attempted to escape the residence the next morning. The incident began when the suspect assaulted one of his neighbors, completely unprovoked. As the responding officer approached the suspect he was shot in both arms, both legs, and the back with a .40-caliber handgun and a 12-gauge shotgun.

Officer Gilner was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He is survived by his wife, 22-month-old daughter, parents, and two sisters.

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Sergeant Steve Matthew Reeves
Cobb County Police Department, Georgia
End of Watch: Saturday, July 24, 1999
Cause: Gunfire

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Steve and I were stationed together at Camp Lejeune (2nd Combat Engineers) and he took over for me as the Records Clerk. He was a phenomenal man and great friend! On a 96 weekend he let me use his Honda Magna to go home (VA) and he was like "Be safe but if you brake it you bought it!" Not too many Marines, let alone people, would be so giving with their personal property! I heard of his death on a history channel segment regarding body armor, of all places. I will always remember the Marine, the man I am proud to call my friend! RIP Stephen - Semper Fi!

Sgt Trae Murphy
May 2, 2016


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