Officer Gary Bevel

Officer Gary Bevel

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, May 17, 1983

Gary Bevel

Officer Gary Bevel was shot six times and killed as he attempted to arrest a woman who had made a false report about damage to her car.

The suspect was sentenced to death in four separate trials, but each sentence was overturned by the Florida Supreme Court and her sentence was subsequently commuted to life in prison with the eligibility of parole. In February 2007 her parole request was denied. Her parole was denied again in 2011.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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You knew him as Officer Gary Bevel. I knew him as my Butler High School friend. And, a good friend he was. As I reflect on our friendship, he was fun to be around, he loved to laugh and joke around. And, he could take a joke very well. I miss my friend. And he died much to soon.

I regret that my friend never got to see his unborn son. However, I did have the opportunity to speak with his son, who is now an adult. I enjoyed telling him good things about his father. The father he never got to meet.

R.I.P. my friend and Officer Gary Bevel!!!

Bernard Edwards

April 2, 2017

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