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Corporal John  Odessa Police Department, Texas


John "Scott" Gardner

Odessa Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, September 8, 2007

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 4 years, 5 months

Badge # 486

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Deceased

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Corporal Scott Gardner, Corporal Arlie Jones, and Corporal Abel Marquez were shot and killed when they responded to a domestic violence call.

When the three officers arrived, the victim left her home and told the officers that her husband had hit her. The officers were unable to gain entry into the home through the front door. They then attempted to gain entry through the back door. As they did, the suspect opened fire, killing Corporal Jones and Corporal Gardner, and critically wounding Corporal Marquez.

The suspect was later shot and taken into custody after a four hour standoff. He passed away of cancer on May 31, 2011, before standing trial.

Corporal Marquez was transported to a local hospital where he remained unconscious until passing away four days later.

Corporal Gardner had served with the Odessa Police Department for just over four years and had previously served as an animal control officer.

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Corporal Arlie Jones
Odessa Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Saturday, September 8, 2007
Cause: Gunfire

Corporal Abel Marquez
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End of Watch: Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Cause: Gunfire

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September 14, 2017


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