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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We never met but I feel like I’ve known you forever Jerry. Your wife Yolanda is one of my best friends and has done a lot for me over the years. I’ve met all your children as well. She did a wonderful job raising them. You would be proud of what they’ve become. Especially GT. He may have had a few bumps in his teens, but he has become one fine young man and someone I am proud to know. They all miss you but they carry on your faith and family.
Thank you for sharing them with me.

Tammie Elliott-Gehle
Surviving Spouse of Sgt Robert L Elliott EOW 2/25/87

February 24, 2018

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