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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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Back in the mid 90's, the suspect who killed her was released after serving his jail time (20-25 years). The MPDC Delta Unit (7D) arrested him (MLK Ave S.E., WDC) in procession of a large package of crack cocaine. Upon arresting him, he was very cooperative and gave us no issues. What was odd is that he smile and stated "You know who I I'm?" I replied who? He stated "I killed the first D.C. female officer in the line of duty." After making that statement, he went dark on us and made no further statement. He is now spending the rest of his life incarcerated. May she continue to Rest In Peace.

Det. Martin
September 20, 2015


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