Police Officer Robert Gray Vining

Police Officer Robert Gray Vining

Columbus Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, April 21, 1976

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Robert Gray Vining

Officer Robert Vining was shot and killed after making a traffic stop of a robbery suspect. The suspect was shot and killed a short time later after he opened fire on another officer who attempted to stop him.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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I was a Military Police Sergeant and Investigator at Ft Benning when I met Robert Vining almost 45 years ago. He was an old school Police Officer’s Police Officer. I vividly remember him being kidded because he would put his radio in his back pocket which would key the mike and everyone would hear his footsteps as he walked along.

I had a gunshot wound Feb. 1975 and spent almost a year in Martin Army Hospital. I moved back to Orlando and was admitted to the hospital here the day we lost Robert. I got the call as I was getting prepped for surgery. Sadly, I was unable to postpone or travel for the funeral. I’ve regretted that for 44 years.

I carry his memory in my heart with so many more at this time of my life. I will see ya again some day, big guy.

Roger D. Helms, Sgt
Retired US Army, Retired Attorney

May 1, 2020

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