Corporal John "Scott" Gardner

Corporal John "Scott" Gardner

Odessa Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, September 8, 2007

John "Scott" Gardner

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.

Bio

  • Age 30
  • Tour 4 years, 5 months
  • Badge 486

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Deceased

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Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

September 14, 2017

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