Sergeant George Daniel Sullivan

Sergeant George Daniel Sullivan

University of Nevada Reno Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch Tuesday, January 13, 1998

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George Daniel Sullivan

Sergeant George Sullivan was found beaten to death next to his patrol car near an information kiosk on Center Street at approximately 1 a.m.

Sergeant Sullivan was ambushed by a man who held a hatred for law enforcement officers. The man attacked him with a hatchet, fatally wounding him. His body was found by two university employees walking through campus.

After murdering Sergeant Sullivan, the suspect took his gun belt and gun and fled the area. He was arrested two days later after a standoff with the Salt Lake City, Utah, Police Department. On Oct. 6, 1999, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

Sergeant Sullivan had served with the University of Nevada Reno Police Department for 18 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Hatchet
  • Offender Sentenced to death


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George and family
It is hard to believe that it has been 23 years. I'll never forget that day. I had just arrived at the national academy (Quantico). I couldn't believe the news. You and I had a lot of college classes together and sometimes met on night shift when I was in patrol with the S.O. I often tried to recruit you for the S.O. but you would laugh--since you loved working for the university. Anyway, I always appreciated your kindness and friendship through the years and those who knew you will never forget. Most of us have moved on to other things but time does not diminish our memory of you. You'd be proud of your family. They are all great people.

Jim Lopey, Asst. Sheriff (ret)
Washoe County Sheriff (Reno, Nv) & NVDPS

January 13, 2021

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