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Sergeant George Leon Garrett, Jr. | Redwood City Police Department, California Redwood City Police Department, California

Sergeant

George Leon Garrett, Jr.

Redwood City Police Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, May 8, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 5

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: One shot and killed

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Sergeant George Garrett was shot and killed during a bank robbery.

A silent alarm was activated by one of the tellers after two suspects entered a Bank of America and threatened to detonate a bomb. Four plain clothes officers arrived to the scene within three minutes. Sergeant Garrett, who was not in uniform, entered first and approached the bank manager and identified himself as an officer. It was unknown to the officer that one of the suspects, who was dressed in a suit and tie, was standing next to the bank manager. Shots immediately rang out and Sergeant Garrett was fatally wounded.

Officers returned fire killing one of the suspects, and one of the other plain clothes officers was wounded when he was mistaken for one of the suspects by patrol officers who had also responded to the scene.

Sergeant Garrett had been employed with the Redwood City Police Department for ten years and is the only officer killed in the line of duty in the department's history; he is survived by his wife and daughter (born after his death). He is buried in Skyline Memorial Park and in 1981 city officials dedicated the George L. Garrett Junior Memorial Park in his honor.

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Mr. Garrett, I recently moved into a new neighborhood and discovered the park named in your memory with my 6 years old son. I wish that you too had the opportunity to watch your daughter grow up. I will tell my son about you and think of your sacrifice whenever we go to your park.

Kind regards

Ken Kirby
Redwood City
August 31, 2015

 

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