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Officer Gordon Brewster Bartel | Kodiak Police Department, Alaska Kodiak Police Department, Alaska

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Gordon Brewster Bartel

Kodiak Police Department, Alaska

End of Watch: Saturday, January 15, 1983

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # 11

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 99 years

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Officer Bartel was shot and killed while issuing a citation to a man for camping within the city limits. Officer Bartel had previously warned the man about violating the city ordinance. The suspect was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 99 years.

Officer Bartel was survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.

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For some reason I was thinking about Gordon today. We worked together in Kodiak, I was part of the selection team that hired him.
Gordon was a good man, I enjoyed being around him, always a smile, always positive. I was the lead investigator for the shooting that cut his life short. I remember holding it together until the verdict, I wept a long time that night.

Chief Glenn Herbst
Retired Unalaska Dept of Public Safety
September 21, 2017

 

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