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Trooper Gary Gifford | Nevada Highway Patrol, Nevada Nevada Highway Patrol, Nevada


Gary Gifford

Nevada Highway Patrol, Nevada

End of Watch: Tuesday, October 14, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Died in prison

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Trooper Gary Gifford was shot and killed after making a traffic stop of a bank robbery suspect on US 50, at Cave Rock, Nevada.

His killer was convicted of his murder and sent to prison. In 1989 his killer was shot and killed in prison after taking a physician hostage during a 10 hour standoff.

Trooper Gifford was a U.S. Navy veteran. He had served with the Nevada Highway Patrol for six years and had served a short time as chief of the Fallon Police Department. He is survived by his son, parents, and sister.

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In 1982, I was a young NHP cadet and was reminded of the murder of Trooper Gifford. Coincidentally, I was station at Lake Tahoe for my first duty assignment and worked with those men who knew and worked with Trooper Gifford. Not a shift went by that I did not reflect upon his ultimate sacrifice as I drove through Cave Rock tunnel while sweeping my beat. To this day, even after I had moved on from the NHP, I reflect on that day every October. Those who have served at the Lake Tahoe sub-station have a special bond.

CHP State Traffic Ofcr. Folke Lilyquist
1989 NHP #6173
July 18, 2015


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