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Deputy Sheriff Michael A. Gray | Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office, California Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office, California

Deputy Sheriff

Michael A. Gray

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch: Thursday, January 13, 1983

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/3/1983

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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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.

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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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