Officer Gordon A. Silva

Officer Gordon A. Silva

San Jose Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, January 20, 1989

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Gordon A. Silva

Officer Gordon Silva and Officer Gene Simpson were shot and killed after responding to a call of a homeless man harassing other citizens at the corner of Fifth Street and East Santa Clara Street.

Officer Simpson was the initial officer on the scene and was shot while after the man was able to gain control of his .357 caliber service revolver. The man then ducked into a nearby parking lot and hid.

Officer Silva was inadvertently struck by a shotgun pellet fired by another officer during the ensuing shootout with the subject. Other responding units shot and killed the subject.

Officer Silva had served with the San Jose Police Department for 17 years.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge 1512

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

crossfire, disorderly, EDP

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True story. My dad was working patrol that day. The KNTV news broadcasted 2 officers shot. Families of SJPD Officers spent the afternoon waiting to find out what was happening.
When we found out it wasn’t our loved one; it didn’t make it any easier. Collectively, families mourned.
D. Luna, MS, MA, MA

D. Luna

January 15, 2020

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