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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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Go-Go. We met once, perhaps a few months before January 1, 1976. I was a new reserve officer with Signal Hill PD. Profoundly, in the very short moment in time we met, you left a mark on me. Perhaps your spirit, your kindness, your self, in some way and some form remains with me today. Yours was my first police officer KIA funeral. First of many over the years. But, you, your spirit, for some higher reason by some higher power still remains with me to this day. Emotionally, the pain of your loss is the same today as it was in January 1, 1976. God bless your soul and thanks for serving honorably as you did.

Don Craton (retired LT)
Signal Hill PD/Alhambra PD
August 21, 2014


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