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Police Officer Larry Brian Mitchell | Gallup Police Department, New Mexico Gallup Police Department, New Mexico

Police Officer

Larry Brian Mitchell

Gallup Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 30, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 11

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to 34 years

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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.

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What a journey this life has been. Your little boy isn't so little any more. He graduates in a few weeks and is headed off to college shortly after. I have no idea what I will do with myself not seeing him every day. He reminds me of you in a lot of ways. You have to take care of him out there. It's a big world and I'm not ready to let him go yet. Still miss you like it was yesterday

Erika M
May 31, 2016

 

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