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

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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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Received word today that the next Parole Board hearing for Jerry's murderer will be 3/22/17 ~ if Sharon ~ a family member of this murderer would like to place a reflection to be read at this hearing, please do so. Your message in 2015 was powerful & made a difference to the decision of the Parole Board.
Thank you,
yhc

Yolanda H. Cline
Spouse
February 21, 2017

 

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