Patrolman John Gear

Patrolman John Gear

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, March 13, 1868

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John Gear

Patrolman John Gear was shot and wounded when he and his partner attempted to stop three men acting suspiciously near the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and 4th Street.

The three men were carrying bundles and acting in a suspicious manner when Patrolman Gear ordered the men to halt all three stopped and turned around. Two of the men opened fire at him and his partner. Patrolman Gear was struck in the leg causing his leg bone to shatter between the knee and ankle.

His partner returned fire but was unable to apprehend the suspects. Patrolman Gear was taken to his home and a doctor was called. A few hours later Patrolman Gear's leg was amputated. Six days later Patrolman Gear died due to complication from his leg wound.

Patrolman Gear had served with the Memphis Police Department for 21 months.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 1 year, 8 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, March 7, 1868
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Not available

suspicious activity

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Death is the last chapter in time, but the first chapter in eternity.
Gone but not forgotten. Thank you for your service.
Rest In Peace.

Enid Rodríguez

March 13, 2022

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