Deputy Sheriff Michael A. Gray

Deputy Sheriff Michael A. Gray

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Thursday, January 13, 1983

Michael A. Gray

Deputy Michael Gray succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained 10 days earlier when he was shot while attempting to question a transient in the town of Felton, California. As he got out of his patrol car the man shot him with a pistol.

The suspect also shot and wounded a California Highway Patrol officer who responded to Deputy Gray's call for help. The suspect then retreated into a state park and his body was found with a self inflicted gunshot wound several days later.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, January 3, 1983
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

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I was riding "Motors" for Santa Cruz P.D. when this tragedy struck. I had known Mike since the mid-70's and always enjoyed spending time with Mike.

He was an outstanding Deputy and was extremely officer safety conscious. He worked a lot of special details in the Santa Cruz area and was always well respected by everyone.

This was such a horrible tragedy and I remember riding my "motor" up and down Graham Hill Rd. and Hwy. 9 looking for the dirtbag who shot Mike and CHP officer Jeff Lee.

I'll always remember Mike and his warm friendship. He was such a wonderful man and a pleasure to be around!!

Michael Spong, Motor Officer (ret)
Santa Cruz P.D.

January 1, 2014

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