Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 4 years
Badge # 11
Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber
Offender: Sentenced to 34 years
Officer Larry Mitchell was shot and killed while attempting to enter the mobile home of a barricaded man at approximately 0600 hours.
Officer Mitchell and six other SWAT team members were fired upon when they entered the house. Officer Mitchell was struck in the side just above his vest and a second officer was also shot, but his vest stopped the round.
Officers had originally responded to the home after reports of gunfire following a domestic dispute. After barricading himself in the home, the man fired shots from the house throughout the night. The suspect eventually surrendered approximately four hours after shooting Officer Mitchell.
On August 28, 2004, the suspect pled guilty to second degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. He was sentenced to 34 years in prison.
Officer Mitchell had served with the Gallup Police Department for 4 years. He is survived by his wife and 2-year-old son.