Patrolman Gary Lavaughn Sumpter

Patrolman Gary Lavaughn Sumpter

Toledo Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch Saturday, March 15, 1969

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Gary Lavaughn Sumpter

Patrolman Gary Sumpter was shot and killed during a vehicle pursuit that went into a wooded area.

The subject he was chasing rounded a curve, stopped his car, and waited with a rifle for the officers to come around the curve. When Patrolman Sumpter appeared the man opened fire, killing him.

The man also shot and wounded a state trooper before committing suicide.

Patrolman Sumpter was a U.S. Navy veteran.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Patrolman Sumpter,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USN. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

March 15, 2019

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