Police Officer Larry Brian Mitchell

Police Officer Larry Brian Mitchell

Gallup Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Wednesday, May 30, 2001

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Larry Brian Mitchell

Officer Larry Mitchell was shot and killed while attempting to enter the mobile home of a barricaded man at approximately 6 am.

Officer Mitchell and six other SWAT team members were fired upon entering the house. Officer Mitchell was struck in the side just above his vest. A second officer was also shot, but his vest stopped the round.

Officers had initially responded to the home after reports of gunfire following a domestic dispute. After barricading himself in the home, the man fired shots from the house throughout the night. The suspect eventually surrendered approximately four hours after shooting Officer Mitchell.

On August 28, 2004, the suspect pled guilty to second-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. He was sentenced to 34 years in prison.

Officer Mitchell had served with the Gallup Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife and 2-year-old son.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 11

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 34 years

barricade, domestic, shots fired, swat

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Today is memorial day where some will play a game of baseball. If I remember correctly, Brian was playing a game of baseball or softball when he was called to the scene as a SWAT officer.

It is amazing how quickly events can change and swing from happiness to dispair. After 21 years the sadness remians and seeps out on the anniversary.

But what also lingers is the pride I feel about Brian's bravery and courage in the face of overwhelming peril. I will lower my flag today for Brian out of tradition but I if I could I would fly it higher than normal.

Immigration Officer Reuben

May 30, 2022

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