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Officer Douglas E. Gibbs | San Francisco Police Department, California San Francisco Police Department, California

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Douglas E. Gibbs

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, October 1, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 193

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/26/1977

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life w/out parole

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Officer Douglas Gibbs was shot and fatally wounded as he was placing a man under arrest for pick pocketing.

Officer Gibbs was a member of the police decoy unit. After setting up an operation, the unit moved in on a suspect for an arrest. After the suspect was apprehended, he was placed on the hood of Officer Gibbs' car so he could be searched. As Officer Gibbs was conducting the search, another suspect walked up behind him and shot him twice in the back. Officer Gibbs died from his wounds five days later. The shooting suspect later surrendered to police and was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole.

Officer Gibbs is survived by his wife and three daughters.

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Officer King Cowdin, Just to let you know, I have been trying to have it moved to a better location, A Group of Retired Officer are now working on that move, One of the things we need is for a member of the family to give us the OK to move it!! His Wife and 3 Daughters moved away after his death on Oct. 1, 1977, If anyone can help us out Please e-mail me at or faleo.org

Sgt/Insp. Richard Alves
San Francisco Police Dept. Retired
October 28, 2013

 

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