Patrolman Gary Alan Maas

Patrolman Gary Alan Maas

Yuma Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Wednesday, April 9, 1986

Gary Alan Maas

Patrolman Gary Maas was shot and killed while responding to a call regarding a suspicious bullet found on a bus at a local Greyhound depot. Fearing an armed suspect was on or near the bus, the driver called the police.

When Patrolman Maas arrived he was given the information and indeed found the armed suspects. As Patrolman Maas confronted the two men at the Greyhound depot, one of them opened fire, striking him and fatally injuring him. Patrolman Maas was able to return fire killing one suspect. The second suspect was arrested a week later and convicted of first-degree murder and is now serving two consecutive life terms.

Patrolman Maas had served with the Yuma Police Department for six years and had previously served with the United States Marine Corps. He is survived by his son, daughter, and expectant fiancee.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 74

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender One shot and killed, one arrested

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Officer Gary Alan Maas,
There is not a day that goes by since our lives came together that I (we) don't Thank God for the sacrifice you made We pray for your family,friends and fellow police officers and ask that God will comfort and protect them.I truly believe that your life was exchanged for mine and our sons life that April 9th.We want to thank you for your service and let you know that we have been happily married for 30 years and our son now for 12 years. We have enjoyed our lives and tried to honor God and care for our fellow man.We use your badge# as a reminder to pray for all police officers who willingly risk their lives everyday,and for their families.We especially pray for your family as they have continued on in their life journey without you by their side. Yet we know you are watching them from heaven"s view just as they are looking up in those special moments for your nodding approval! So to close I just want to say that you are my Hero I see you as a modern day Martyr who exchanged his life for mine and others and We the Tennyson Family could not be more grateful! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU !!!

Randy & Lisa Tennyson
The person who's life was saved

July 29, 2017

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