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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Gail - As another 2nd District MPDC Officer, I will never forget that morning of Friday: September 20th, 1974 at 1111 20th St. NW. We literally arrived moments too late, since you had just been shot. Your coward murderer then fearfully surrendered, to responding Officers. Since that day I have thought of you so very many times ! Often, and especially every September 20th, I say a prayer in your memory! It was my honor to have met you ! You have, and continue to be, an inspiration to so very many. Much more still continue to hold you, in their collective memories ! There are many that know about you, Gail ! You continue to be an inspiration to generations of police officers who know, and honor, your sacrifice!

Sgt. Kevin M. McCarthy, Sr. (Retired)
Metropolitan Police Dept: Washington D.C.

December 28, 2019

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