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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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I was a teacher in Dormont, Pa. in the Keystone Oaks School District. I taught 7th & 8th grade math classes and had Gus as a student. As big as Gus was as a middle school student, he was never a discipline problem. He always seemed to be in a happy mood and smiling. He was fun to be around and had a great sense of humor. I also taught his younger brother Lou. In addition to teaching, I also interacted with Gus as a football and wrestling coach. Obviously he was great at both sports. I lost touch with Gus when he went to Tulsa and was shocked and dumbfounded at the news of his demise. I tiook the day off work to attend his funeral service here in Pittsburgh. I still think of Gus every time I hear the city of Tulsa mentioned and wonder how much better this world would be if he had survived to make a bigger mark in it. Hard to believe it has been 23 years!

Bill Lutz
Friend,teacher, coach.
September 22, 2016

 

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