Police Officer Michael David Gartrell

Police Officer Michael David Gartrell

Sacramento Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, April 25, 1991

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Michael David Gartrell

Officer Michael Gartrell was killed in an on-duty auto accident while in pursuit of a suspected drunk driver at Martin Luther King, Jr and Interstate 99.

While chasing a suspect in a stolen car, Officer Gartrell lost control and hit a concrete barrier at over 80 mph.

The suspect was apprehended and convicted of operating a stolen vehicle.

Officer Gartrell had served with the Sacramento Police Department for seven years and had served with the Honolulu Police Department for eight years prior. He is survived by his wife, stepson, parents, and brother.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender Not available

vehicle crash, vehicle pursuit

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Officer Gartrell,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Sacramento. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 25, 2021

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