Patrolman Donald Burton Gamblin, Jr.

Patrolman Donald Burton Gamblin, Jr.

Shawnee Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Saturday, July 13, 1991

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Donald Burton Gamblin, Jr.

Patrolman Donald Gamblin was killed when he was struck by an intoxicated driver while on a traffic stop at approximately 9:30 am on I-435. Patrolman Gamblin was walking back to his motorcycle when the driver hit him, knocking him 250 feet. He also hit his motorcycle and the van he had stopped knocking them both 200 feet. Five people inside the van were injured. One, an 8-year-old girl, was seriously injured with a fractured skull.

The 30-year-old driver who struck him was under the influence of Valium, cocaine, and Demerol at the time of the crash. He was convicted of aggravated negligent homicide, possession of cocaine and valium, and sentenced to 11 to 25 years. He was denied parole in 2000 but told he would be reconsidered in 2002.

Patrolman Gamblin had served with the Shawnee Police Department for 12 years. He was survived by his wife, three sons, and daughter. He was a Vietnam War Army veteran.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 865
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Narcotics involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years

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Gone but Never Forgotten!!! I can't believe it has been 31 years dad. It still seems like yesterday. Miss you. I wish you could see all of your Grandchildren and great grandchildren. Rest Easy.

Deputy Chief Matt Gamblin
Miami County EMS, Kansas - Surviving son

November 23, 2022

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