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Officer Constantine  George Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma

Officer

Constantine George "Gus" Spanos

Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Friday, April 23, 1993

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/22/1993

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Convicted of murder

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Officer Gus Spanos was shot while making a traffic stop.

Early in the morning of April 22, he stopped a car on North Cincinnati Avenue. A back up officer found Officer Spanos lying next to his patrol car with a bullet wound to the head. Officer Spanos was transported to a local hospital where he died the next day.

The suspect fled the state but was captured, convicted and is serving life in prison without parole for Officer Spanos’ murder.

Officer Spanos had served with the agency for a year and a half.

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Gus,

It's been almost 24 years since you were taken from this earth. Its 27 years this month sine I began my career. I think of you so often and people who don't wear this uniform just don't understand why.

We were young boys who played football together and your Dad was one of our coaches. I have shown my children our youth football team picture and told them about you.

Every Police Memorial Day I say a prayer for you, every April 23 I think of and pray for you.

You father, though I have not seen him in a few years, would always make sure to tell me to be careful. A truly wonderful man who loved you unconditionally.

The bond police officers feel for one another is like very few other professions. You are my brother, not only my childhood friend.

It will be 24 years since your life was tragically cut short this month. You and your sacrifice shall not be forgotten. I shall always say my prayers for you and when my time on this earth is complete I would be honored to walk your beat with you for just one shift.

Never Forgotten.

Sgt Gary R. James
Bridgeville, Pa Police Dept
April 9, 2017

 

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