Detective Gerald Wayne Sawyer

Detective Gerald Wayne Sawyer

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, November 6, 1973

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Gerald Wayne Sawyer

Detective Gerald Sawyer was shot and killed while working in a joint undercover investigation with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. Detective Sawyer was shot by a cocaine trafficker during an attempted robbery of a $144,000 flashroll. The trafficker and an accomplice were arrested at the scene by other officers and charged with first degree murder.

A jury acquitted both suspects on September 28, 1974.

Detective Sawyer had served with the agency for 10 years and was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 11797

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Acquitted

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