Police Officer Gary R. Stroud

Police Officer Gary R. Stroud

St. Charles Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Monday, October 24, 1977

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Gary R. Stroud

Officer Gary Stroud was shot and killed while investigating a report of a man walking around with a shotgun.

Witnesses told Officer Stroud that the man had walked down the street one block and turned the corner. Officer Stroud drove to the street and as he turned the corner the suspect ran up to the patrol car and fired the shotgun through the windshield, striking him in the chest. The man was captured minutes later after he crashed his car into a utility pole.

The man was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison. He died in prison in 2016.

Officer Stroud had served with the St. Charles Police Department for 18 months. He is survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Died in prison


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Our paths crossed in 1973. My best friend Angie fell in love with you, head over heels. We were living on Cole blvd. with her Mom. Angie was looking for love and you were starting over. She had lost her father. We both worked for AT&T. I was dating Seth Singer, a local. Your smile was something Angie loved and she fell hard and quick. You were a go getter and worked hard for your advancement in life. I admired that and we were all young and trying so hard to find our dreams. After a short time I left to pursue my future. I know you married Angie. I was working at Noah’s Ark Restaurant when I met the girl you eventually married, after Angie and you divorced. We were waiting tables at the restaurant together on different shifts. Your life was cut short so unfairly. I always felt your desire to answer the call on demand and willingness to go the extra mile without being asked was why it happened. We only crossed paths briefly because we loved the same girl, Angie. She was my best friend and you both were people helping others before yourselves. She’s gone now too. We were able to hook up in South Fl some years back. My hope in detailing this is that your children can know you payed it forward never letting others down. RIP Gary

Chris Carder

May 15, 2020

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