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 a citizen when Michael Gray was gunned down, and I remember the shock waves that went through that then-peaceful county. "How could this happen here?" was my first reaction.

The coward that gunned Deputy Gray down is long forgotten; his name does not come to mind. Michael will be remembered as long as memorials like this exist. Rest in peace, sir.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona

January 13, 2018

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