Officer Gail A. Cobb

Officer Gail A. Cobb

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Friday, September 20, 1974

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Gail A. Cobb

Officer Gail Cobb was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a bank robbery suspect at 20th Street and L Street, NW.

While walking her beat, she was tipped off that a suspected bank robber had just fled into a nearby underground parking garage. Officer Cobb located the man and instructed him to place his hands on the wall. As she radioed for assistance, the suspect spun around and fired a single shot at point-blank range. The bullet went through her wrist and her police radio and then penetrated her heart. She died at the scene.

The suspect was arrested at the scene by responding officers.

Officer Cobb had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for one year and was the first female Metropolitan Police Department officer to be killed in the line of duty. She is survived by her child and is buried in Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, Suitland, Prince George's County, Maryland.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 321

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

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I was a Respiratory Technician working at George Washington University Hospital on the very sad day of Officer Cobb's death, September 20, 1974. I responded to a trauma team page to the emergency room. So many police officers and hospital staff members responding, working to save her life.
To this day, April 16, 2020, I still remember the tragic and overwhelming feeling we all shared in the last moments of Officer's Cobb's life. May she always rest in peace.

Meliza Salas Manzano

April 16, 2020

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