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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Happy birthday, Babe. I hope Heaven is treating you well because I’m missing you like crazy. I took the day off work and I’m gonna celebrate you on your special day AND Star Wars Day! I wish I could go back in time to that last birthday again. We went to our favorite Mexican restaurant because you said it would double as a Cinco De Mayo celebration since that’s tomorrow. I even remember what you ordered and that big smile on your face. You will forever be 25 even tho I have continued to get older and older. I can’t wait to throw these arms around your neck one day when I get to come see you. I love you as much today as I ever have. Time changes nothing but makes me miss you more and more. I’m so in love with you, my brown-eyed boy. Happy birthday. I hope you’re proud of me and how I choose to celebrate your day. No I won’t be watching Star Wars or even Full Metal Jacket movie. I’m gonna do something WAY BETTER!! Send me a sign like always. Forever my 404 xoxoxo

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

May 4, 2023

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