Police Officer Gary Orville Elkins

Police Officer Gary Orville Elkins

Long Beach Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, January 1, 1976

Gary Orville Elkins

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.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I was friends in elementary school with Officer Elkins son Gary. This was such a shock when it happened. I can't imagine how hard it was for Gary and his family. Unfortunately I lost track of Gary as they moved soon after.
This tragedy has never been far from my thoughts. I have had several friends and family in law enforcement and it has always worried me.
Gary, you probably don't remember me but I hope you have had a happy and successful life.

Donald Payne

March 19, 2018

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