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Officer Gail A. Cobb | Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia


Gail A. Cobb

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch: Friday, September 20, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 321

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Officer Gail Cobb was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a bank robbery suspect at 20th Street and L Street, NW.

While walking her beat, she was tipped off that a suspected bank robber had just fled into a nearby underground parking garage. Officer Cobb located the man and instructed him to place his hands on the wall. As she radioed for assistance, the suspect spun around and fired a single shot at point-blank range. The bullet went through her wrist and her police radio and then penetrated her heart. She died at the scene.

The suspect was arrested at the scene by responding officers.

Officer Cobb had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for one year and was the first female Metropolitan Police Department officer to be killed in the line of duty. She is survived by her child and is buried in Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, Suitland, Prince George's County, Maryland.

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I don't remember that day as I was only 8 years old in 1974. However my father was a park police patrol officer at the time and he attended the funeral. It wasn't until years later, that I learned of Gail Cobb through my father and he said Eddie Kendricks (her favorite singer) sang at the funeral. Her picture is on display at a police station located in the district. I've been there with my father as we spoke to detectives concerning my own brother's murder. I stared at her picture for a moment and said a silent prayer. She was young...way too young and she is missed.

R. Edwards
College Park, MD resident
December 3, 2013


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