Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 3 years
Badge # 2901
Cause: Vehicle pursuit
Incident Date: 3/18/2011
Offender: In custody
Officer Jermaine Gibson was killed in a high-speed chase after his patrol car left the road and collided with a tree on South Palm Canyon Drive near Mesquite Avenue.
Officer Gibson attempted to pull over a stolen vehicle at approximately 11:30 pm and gave chase after the suspect failed to pull over. His vehicle left the road and crashed in Palm Springs at approximately 11:55 pm. The suspect vehicle also crashed and two suspects were taken into custody.
Officer Gibson was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after midnight.
The 35-year-old driver was charged with second degree murder and driving under the influence. On July 15, 2016, he was convicted of second degree murder, evading a peace officer causing injury or death, and gross vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence. He faces 30 years to life when sentenced on September 9, 2016.
Officer Gibson was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Purple Heart recipient. He had served with the the Cathedral City Police Department for approximately 18 months and had served in law enforcement for a total of three years. He is survived by his wife and infant son.