Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 13 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 12/22/1942
Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber
Offender: Sentenced to life
Patrolman John Gulden succumbed to a gunshot wound received the previous day while making a traffic stop of a pickup truck driving without headlights south of Goldendale, Washington, on Maryhill Loops Road.
The vehicle had been stolen and the two juvenile occupants had earlier committed an armed robbery of a grocery store. One of the juveniles exited the vehicle and opened fire, striking Patrolman Gulden in the neck. Both suspects were later apprehended while trying to flee to Oregon on a ferry boat across the Columbia River.
The 18-year-old shooter was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. His 17-year-old companion was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Patrolman Gulden had been with the agency for 13 years. He was survived by his wife and son.