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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

Incident Date: 1/1/1976

Weapon: Shotgun

Suspect: 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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We worked together several times on Graveyard Patrol, which was a unique grouping of very talented and dedicated officers. There were none, however, more dedicated than you. I remember having code 7 with you one morning and "pumping" you for information about how to handle certain kinds of calls. You were patient and very helpful to this young officer. I especially remember how you treated people. You were firm but caring; what all of us strived to be like. I apologize for the lateness of this reflection, but, I was doing some research and came across this page. I am wiping away tears as I write these words and just had to add this additional reflection about one of the best! You will not be forgotten.

Kimball Shelley, Commander (retired)
July 21, 2014


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