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Police Officer Arnold Z. Gamble | Sacramento Police Department, California Sacramento Police Department, California

Police Officer

Arnold Z. Gamble

Sacramento Police Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, February 15, 1963

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 20 years

Badge # 153

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/15/1963

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Suspect: Execited in 1967

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Officer Arnold Gamble was shot and killed at a local bar while responding to a robbery call. The suspect was attempting to obtain money to hire a lawyer for another court case in which he had fired his public defender.

During the arrest the suspect was able to disarm Officer Gamble's partner and then shot Officer Gamble. Despite being mortally wounded, Officer Gamble was able to return fire and wounded the suspect, who was arrest nearby.

The suspect was sentenced to death and executed in 1967.

Officer Gamble had served with the agency for 20 years and was killed the day before his 43rd birthday. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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My father was Officer Gamble's partner, Robert Reese. It was Officer Shaw who was disarmed and it was his gun that was used to kill Officer Gamble, not my father's gun. Please correct.

Staci M. Reese
Daughter
October 17, 2012

 

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