Patrolman John Gear

Patrolman John Gear

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, March 13, 1868

John Gear

Patrolman John Gear was shot and wounded when he and his partner attempted to stop three men carrying bundles and acting in a suspicious manner.

When Patrolman Gear ordered the men to halt all three stopped and turned around. Two of the men opened fire at him and his partner. Patrolman Gear was struck in the leg causing his leg bone to shatter between the knee and ankle.

His partner returned fire but was unable to apprehend the suspects. Patrolman Gear was taken to his home and a doctor was called. A few hours later Patrolman Gear's leg was amputated. Six days later Patrolman Gear died due to complication from his leg wound.

Patrolman Gear had been employed with the Memphis Police Department for 21 months.

Bio

  • Age 27
  • Tour 1 year, 8 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, March 7, 1868
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Not available

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Patrolman Gear,
On today, the 148th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Memphis.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

March 13, 2016

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