Sergeant Steven Francis Gaughan

Sergeant Steven Francis Gaughan

Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Tuesday, June 21, 2005

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Steven Francis Gaughan

Corporal Steven Gaughan was shot and killed at approximately 11:00 am when he and two officers stopped a suspicious vehicle near the intersection of Route 197 and South Laurel Drive in Laurel, Maryland.

The three occupants exited the vehicle and fled to a nearby apartment building. Corporal Gaughan chased one of the suspects behind the building where the two exchanged shots and Corporal Gaughan was struck once. He was flown to Prince George's Hospital Center where he succumbed to the wound several hours later.

The suspect was also wounded in the exchange of gunfire and taken into custody. The other two occupants of the vehicle fled into a nearby apartment where they were apprehended after a short standoff. The suspect who shot Corporal Gaughan was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Corporal Gaughan had served with the Prince George's County Police Department for 15 years, and was assigned to the Special Assignment Team in District VI. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

Bio

  • Age 41
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 1734

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .40 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Uncle Steve, I miss you. I just read some of the reflections, and they reminded me how you brought joy into my life. I don’t remember much from when I was five, but I do remember your face and the stories my dad has told me about you. (All good, I promise) I hope all is well up there! Miss and love you.

Hannah, daughter of retired PGPD officer
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