Officer Gary Don McCarthy

Officer Gary Don McCarthy

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, February 26, 1988

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Gary Don McCarthy

Officer Gary McCarthy was shot and killed during an armed robbery at a grocery store.

Officer McCarthy was working an off-duty job as a security officer. An armed man entered and began robbing the manager. Officer McCarthy identified himself and was shot in the chest. He was able to return fire but did not strike the shooter. The assailant was apprehended several days later, tried and convicted; he was sentenced to death and executed in December 2001.

Officer McCarthy had served with the Dallas Police Department for one year. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 1 year, 2 months
  • Badge 5508

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 2001

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It has been 33 years since I lost you daddy. I remember your smile and your laugh. I lost more than you that day but your memory shines like a beacon for so many still. I love the stories of you.

Amber Cherry

February 26, 2019

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