Patrolman Allen William Gibson, Jr.

Patrolman Allen William Gibson, Jr.

Waverly Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, April 25, 1998

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Allen William Gibson, Jr.

Officer Gibson was shot and killed after confronting two male suspects in the midst of a drug deal while on foot patrol in a wooded area behind an apartment complex.

Upon confronting the suspects, a struggle ensued, and Officer Gibson was shot once in the abdomen with his own weapon. The round struck the edge of his bullet-proof vest. He was taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his wound.

One suspect who shot Patrolman Gibson was arrested the following day, and the second suspect was later arrested.

The prosecutor struck a plea bargain with the two suspects, who were originally charged with capital murder, against Patrolman Gibson's family's wishes. On Dec. 8, 1999, the shooter plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 5 years in prison. The second suspect plead guilty to acting as an accessory after the fact and was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

In 2002 both suspects were tried in federal courts and convicted of the drug offense that led to Officer Gibson's murder. Both men were sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole.

Officer Gibson had served with the 6-person Waverly Police Department for only 2 months and had a total of 2 years of law enforcement experience. He is survived by his wife and 8-year-old daughter.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 5

Incident Details

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

narcotics, foot patrol

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5/15 -today is peace officer memorial day. i wish i didn't know what this day meant. i wish this wasn't our story. i wish things had been so different. i wish....sooooo many things. but you know what i don't have to wish? i don't have to wish that i loved you more or told you more because i did. and i don't have to wish that i would see you again because i will. i will see you again one glorious day. until then i will continue to live my life and try to make you proud. keep watching over me and i will keep your memory alive . i love you 404

Laura Gibson, Surviving Spouseof Ofc. Allen W. Gibson, Jr. EOW: 04/25/98

May 15, 2024

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