Officer Gordon A. Silva

Officer Gordon A. Silva

San Jose Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, January 20, 1989

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. Officer Simpson was the initial officer on the scene and was shot while talking with the man, who then ducked into a nearby parking lot and hid. While Officer Silva was searching for the man he was also shot and killed. Other responding units shot and killed the suspect.
Officer Silva had been with the agency for 17 years.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge 1512

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 20, 2018

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