Police Officer Gary Orville Elkins

Police Officer Gary Orville Elkins

Long Beach Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, January 1, 1976

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Gary Orville Elkins

Officer Elkins was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to an unknown trouble call at a home on Easy Avenue. He was shot while he walked to the front door of the residence by a mentally disturbed person. In an hour long gun battle that followed, police shot and killed the suspect.

Officer Elkins had served with the agency for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Uncle Gary, I was 17 when you lost your life. I remember my dad getting a call early in the morning from Keith or James. But it's not you death I remember most it was your humor and your willingness to help others. I loved coming to visit with family at your home. You were, are and will always be a hero, like those other officers that are willing to help and if need be lay their life down. May God bless you for all the days to come. Love Darren

Darren d Elkins

June 11, 2020

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