Patrolman Gary Lavaughn Sumpter

Patrolman Gary Lavaughn Sumpter

Toledo Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch Saturday, March 15, 1969

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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Looking at these EOW memorials, I decided to look at the day of my birth. That was this day. I cannot imagine what it must have been like for a 7 year old to lose a father. Have you thought of posting a picture of your father?

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