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Sergeant Gerald Dennis Vick | St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota

Sergeant

Gerald Dennis Vick

St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch: Friday, May 6, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 16 years

Badge # 186

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Sergeant Gerald Vick was shot and killed at approximately 2:20 am while conducting an undercover vice investigation.

The officer and his partner were working on a prostitution case in several east side bars when they encountered two men near a bar at 7th and Forest Streets. The two men were talking with bar patrons, possibly in an attempt to set up a robbery.

He and his partner spoke with the men and told them to move along. The officers then separated and went to their respective cars. When Sergeant Vick encountered the men near his car, they exchanged a few words before both men fled into an a darkened alley. Both officers pursued the suspects into the alley. One of the subjects pulled out a handgun and opened fire, fatally wounding Sergeant Vick.

Both subjects were apprehended later in the day and the man who shot Sergeant Vick was charged with first degree murder. He was subsequently convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in January 2006.

Sergeant Vick had served with the St. Paul Police Department for 16 years and was the agency's only three-time Medal of Valor recipient. He is survived by his wife, two children, parents, brother, and two sisters.

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Jerry,

You know we will never forget. Such a gift you were to all of us. A friendship that spanned a lifetime for you and Mike, cut short to leave him missing you so very much. He will never have another friend like you - as there is just something special about a childhood friend. You grow up together, know each other's family, history, and as adults - you continue the tradition by raising your own families together. We were blessed to be a part of yours as you raised Clayton and Amanda, and for a very short while, you shared in Madeline and Sam.

Remembering you on this day - but missing you always.

Soup and Lana
LaGrange, KY
May 6, 2016

 

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