Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 11 years
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Rifle; .30-.30
Offender: Commuted to life
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.