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.

Bio

  • 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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Almost 100 years after your great, great grandfather made the ultimate sacrifice you did the very same thing in the name of public safety. Rest in peace always knowing that your memory, service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

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