Deputy Sheriff Adam Samuel Gibson

Deputy Sheriff Adam Samuel Gibson

Sacramento County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Monday, January 18, 2021

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Adam Samuel Gibson

Deputy Sheriff Adam Gibson and K9 Riley were shot and killed in the parking lot of the Cal Expo and State Fair facility following a vehicle pursuit of a parolee.

Deputies noticed the subject and vehicle, which matched the description of one used in a recent burglary series, in a parking lot near Arden Way and Avondale Avenue. The deputies contacted the occupant and learned that he was on active parole. As they prepared to search the vehicle the man fled, leading deputies on a pursuit.

The vehicle became disabled when it entered the state fair parking lot at 1600 Exposition Boulevard and the man remained inside. Deputies used a bean bag round to break out the vehicle's back window so they could see inside. K9 Riley was then deployed through the window by his handler in an attempt to apprehend the subject. When K9 Riley was inside of the vehicle the man opened fire, fatally wounding both K9 Riley and Deputy Gibson. A second deputy was also shot and wounded.

Other deputies on scene returned fire and killed the subject.

Deputy Gibson was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department for six years. He is survived by his wife and 9-month-old child.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 729
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

parolee, suspicious vehicle, vehicle pursuit

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In my past I made allot of bad choices. My period of bad choices was 12 years long. Starting at 14 and ending at 26. I was born into that lifestyle. My last case was in 2006. Not one time did I ever blame law enforcement for my incarceration. I also never even considered taking an officers life. Now in my current very successful life, I’m thankful. They may not have stopped me from making those bad choices, but they definitely slowed me down and made me think.
This officer was simply doing his job of trying to keep the public safe, and he died for that cause. He left behind a 9 month old baby in his effort to protect even the people that may bring him harm. Who doesn’t matter to these officers. If there duty is to protect, then they do. To his widow and child, I offer my deepest condolences. To his fellow officers I pray for your safety, and I thank you for your service to the public.

David Elkinton. Former bad guy

January 18, 2022

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