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Police Officer Gary Orville Elkins | Long Beach Police Department, California Long Beach Police Department, California

Police Officer

Gary Orville Elkins

Long Beach Police Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, January 1, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Elkins was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to an unknown trouble call at a home on Easy Avenue. He was shot while he walked to the front door of the residence by a mentally disturbed person. In an hour long gun battle that followed, police shot and killed the suspect.

Officer Elkins had served with the agency for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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My name is Jay McAvay. A good friend and fishing buddy of Go Gos (our nickname for Gary) I still have nightmares of that fateful morning. I had a New Year's Eve party that evening and had called Gary and asked him to come. He told me he was assigned to work. I told him to call in sick and come. The last thing he said to me wasb"I just might" It was two or three in the morning when Kenny Albright called me and said "Jay, Go Gos gone" I still love you and miss you brother!

Jay (John) McAvay Patrolman
L.B.P.D. Badge#2978
January 2, 2017

 

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