Officer Constantine George "Gus" Spanos

Officer Constantine George "Gus" Spanos

Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Friday, April 23, 1993

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Constantine George "Gus" Spanos

Officer Gus Spanos was shot while making a traffic stop at the 5800 block of North Cincinnati Avenue in Tulsa.

Before 2 am on April 22, Officer Spanos stopped a car on North Cincinnati Avenue. A backup officer found Officer Spanos lying next to his patrol car with a bullet wound to the head. Officer Spanos was transported to a local hospital, where he died the next day.

The suspect fled the state but was captured, convicted, and is serving life in prison without parole for Officer Spanos' murder.

Officer Spanos had served with the Tulsa Police Department for a year and a half. He is survived by his wife.

A "Gus Spanos Living Memorial Scholarship" has been established by any student attending the University of Tulsa.
His widow, and a local radio personality, were instrumental in fundraising over $150,000 in three days to place cameras in cars with single drivers. These cameras are called "Gus Busters."


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, April 22, 1993
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Convicted of murder

traffic stop

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I am not an officer but was married at the time to a male dispatcher. I was heartbroken when I heard what had transpired there on the corner of Cincinnati. I had to go to Gilcrease for school and my future husband was later a dispatcher. All I could see then and now is me being forgotten by the ride my mother set up and looking out and seeing him being shot. No! It couldn’t have happened that way but my fear of being alone with no ride hits me hard. I was able to use an office phone to call my mother but waited forever it seemed for a ride. Way past dark. I know that area well and feel so much dismay and heartache that he was alone to die. Yes I was at his funeral and made my husband then go with me cuz it was the only right thing to do. I’m still so saddened by this and feel at times I can see him going thru the motions and a gunshot hitting him in the head and I still cry. I never knew him but it breaks my heart for him to have been in wrong place/wrong time. I wish I
Had been waiting for my ride so I could pray with
Him! I’m so sad still for
His unusual loss of life!!!! Haunts Me cuz I hated that corner just waiting for the ride that left me in dark. (Btw….thank u custodian for letting me in to call my horrible mother figure. )

Lisa Arrington

December 8, 2021

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