Officer Gerald Eugene Cline

Officer Gerald Eugene Cline

Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Thursday, February 24, 1983

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Gerald Eugene Cline

Officer Gerald Cline was shot and killed after responding to an incident involving a man with a gun at a low-rent motel.

Officer Cline was the first officer to arrive at the scene and he parked his cruiser at the northeast corner of the motel and began to walk on the sidewalk towards the room. Suddenly the suspect stepped out of the room and fired a round from a 30-30 rifle point blank into Officer Cline's chest, killing him.

A civilian ride along in Officer Cline's cruiser called for help and to warn other responding officers.

The 29-year-old subject was apprehended and sentenced to death but had his sentence commuted to life by a governor prior to leaving office after losing in a landslide defeat. He was denied parole in March, 2015. He died in prison February 14, 2019, approximately one month before his next parole hearing.

Officer Cline had served with the Albuquerque Police Department for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and three children. He was buried at the Sunset Memorial Memorial Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 120

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30-.30
  • Offender Died in prison

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Gerald was my neighbor three houses down from my parents. His wife Yolenda taught my half brother Jerry at Menaul school. That I paid. They attended my wedding. Along with Officer Steve Devoti. Friends with Officer Shawn Mc Queathy. Phil Chacon and Officer Carrillo
worked on chiefs Staff Hansen Stover Baca before going to BCSO and ISD chief Bowdich
was my captain and DC worked on his campain for BCSO Sferiff Remember when Jerry drove his unit to NY and caught heck for putting 4300 miles on it
from the police garage. Automated police CAD system 1980 and most of APD

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David Lowe
Police Employee Data Systems Unit

November 12, 2020

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