Officer Gerald Eugene Cline

Officer Gerald Eugene Cline

Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Thursday, February 24, 1983

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 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.

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 Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30-.30
  • Offender Commuted to life

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Received Jodi Thomas's book "Indigo Lake" on Friday & finished it Saturday morning.
"Indigo Lake" is dedicated to you & to your Blue Family that keeps us safe 24/7.
Still can't believe, even after seeing your name in print, that a minor character was named in your honor.
Still can't believe that you will be in Jodi's short story coming out in October, where her "Jerry Cline" character will have an expanded role.
What an honor for your name to appear in a book!
But it was the life you lived, Jerry, the way you loved your GOD, your Family & your Friends that should be honored. You were a wonderful man by the way you lived. Being HIS child is all the honor anyone needs.
You are still missed by those you loved!

Yolanda H. Cline

July 9, 2017

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