Police Officer Stephan Gene Gray

Police Officer Stephan Gene Gray

Merced Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, April 15, 2004

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Stephan Gene Gray

Police Officer Stephan Gray was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop near the intersection of East 19th Street and Glen Avenue at approximately 7:30 pm.

As Officer Gray attempted to get information from a passenger of the vehicle, the passenger resisted and a struggle ensued. The suspect was able to break free and a short foot chase began. After several yards the suspect turned and opened fire on Officer Gray, striking him twice. Officer Gray was transported to Mercy Community Campus Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The shooter fled but was arrested 17 days later. He was convicted of the murder in 2007 and sentenced to death.

Officer Gray had served with the Merced Police Department for seven years and was assigned to the Special Operations Unit to combat narcotics and gangs. He is survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.

Officer Gray's great-great-grandfather, City Marshal W. R. Shaver, was shot and killed in the line of duty on August 14th, 1905, while serving with the Boley Police Department, Oklahoma.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 106

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

foot pursuit, traffic stop

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Hi Stephan, it’ been awhile and so much is going on. I know I don’t have to tell you how amazing your children are, but they are. Are your children are meeting the challenges in their lives hat on. Isaiah is a great man taking care of the family while you’re gone. It’s right behind each one of his sisters as they’re caring on in their lives. Cameron is doing so well with her volleyball and school. She is such a good girl, and is taking on the new challenge in her life head on. She’s going to do well in her new school next year. Recently I learned of a new challenge Landis is going through and although the news she received is never good, the news I’m hearing from this time is very promising. It’s a good thing you’re up there looking over her. I know she’s going to be fine. Michelle is guiding them all in the right direction, and I don’t have to tell you but an amazing person she is. As always we all still love and miss you very much and if there’s anything I can ever do for you send me a message. Love always.

Joe - friend
Merced retired

December 26, 2018

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