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Officer Gerald Eugene Cline | Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico


Gerald Eugene Cline

Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch: Thursday, February 24, 1983

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 11 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .30-.30

Offender: Commuted to life

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Officer Gerald Cline was shot and killed after responding to an incident involving a man with a gun at a low-rent motel.

Officer Cline was the first officer to arrive at the scene and he parked his cruiser at the northeast corner of the motel and began to walk on the sidewalk towards the room. Suddenly the suspect stepped out of the room and fired a round from a 30-30 rifle point blank into Officer Cline's chest, killing him.

A civilian ride along in Officer Cline's cruiser called for help and to warn other responding officers.

The subject was apprehended and sentenced to death but had his sentence commuted to life by a governor prior to leaving office after losing in a landslide defeat. He was denied parole in March, 2015.

Officer Cline had served with the Albuquerque Police Department for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and three children. He was buried at the Sunset Memorial Memorial Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Praise GOD I thought to look on Jerry's page today!
Life has been busy this spring with many COPS activities, family things & life.
Praise GOD you are now on the contact list for each coming Parole Board Hearing. It is very important for the PB to hear that I am not the only one who fears the release of the prisoner.
Standing together we can make a difference in today & the days to come. The past has changed all of us. I pray we are becoming all that HE planned for each of us before the beginning of time.
I know for sure I am here, at this plan in time, in this location to daily strive to help others, to change lives & to share the blessings I receive in abundance from our FATHER.
Pray for your health. Pray for your family. We never asked to walk this path together. But being an encouragement, support & in pray is what HE wants from HIS children.

Yolanda H. Cline
Spouse of Officer Cline
June 22, 2017


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