Patrolman Irvin C. L. Starling

Patrolman Irvin C. L. Starling

Attalla Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Saturday, February 22, 1975

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Irvin C. L. Starling

Patrolman Irvin Starling was shot and killed during a traffic stop of a man who had just beaten his wife moments earlier. As he approached the driver's window the suspect shot him twice before fleeing. The suspect was apprehended a short distance away.

The suspect, 49, was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. He died in prison on May 21, 2017.

Patrolman Starling had served with the Attalla Police Department for six months. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

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Hello. My name is Dawn Starling Pearce. I am C.L. Starlings daughter. Thank you so much to all of you that have posted over the years supporting my familys efforts to keep my dads killer behind bars. We have had to relive this horrible day over and over everytime Gaskey has come up for parole.
I feel I need to make some corrections if I may. My Dad was shot twice. Once in the hand and the second shot to the heart. My mom had just turned 38. My oldest brother Lynn was 16, my second brother Gary was 13 and I was 6 years old the day my dad died.
My prayer everyday is that justice will be served and James E. Gaskey will never be released from prison.

Dawn Starling Pearce
Daughter of C L Starling

February 27, 2014

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