Sergeant Gary W. Wolfley

Sergeant Gary W. Wolfley

Rialto Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, March 3, 1986

Gary W. Wolfley

Sergeant Gary Wolfley was shot and killed after responding to an unknown disturbance at a local gas station.

When he arrived on the scene he observed two men standing next to a gas pump. One of the men immediately began to run and was pursued by Sergeant Wolfley. A struggle ensued behind the service station and the suspect was able to gain control of Sergeant Wolfley's weapon and shoot him.

Sergeant Wolfley's wife, who was with him on a ride along, called for backup. As backup officers were being dispatched, the man took Sergeant Wolfley's gun and ran northbound behind the gas station.

He shot at the first responding backup officer through the cruiser's windshield, but missed the officer. The man then ran and jump through an apartment window and shot the resident in the leg. The resident of the apartment was able to get out as the subject barricaded himself in the apartment. Responding officers from the Rialto, Fontana, and San Bernardino police departments were able to contain the man in the apartment complex. The man later surrendered to police after a night long stand off.

He was convicted of Sergeant Wolfley's murder and subsequently sentenced to death.

Sergeant Wolfley was survived by his wife, who became an officer with the Fontana Police Department one year later.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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I didn't know you long, but you helped to inspire me; your strength, your personality. I was a young nineteen year old kid when we first met. You introduced me to Pink Floyd. Memories of sitting with you, Candy, and Sandy listening to them on reel to reel quadraphonic speakers late at night.
I pass by the freeway sign that has your name memorialized on it almost everyday.
It may sound stupid, but I say "Hello Gary" and a short prayer every time I go by.
I have been out of Law Enforcement for over 25 years, but I will always remember your kindness to me.
Hope to meet you again in Heaven.

Former Deputy Sheriff

March 14, 2018

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