Patrolwoman Kathleen Garcia

Patrolwoman Kathleen Garcia

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Saturday, March 28, 1981

Kathleen Garcia

Patrolwoman Kathleen Garcia was shot and killed following her shift in District One.

Patrolwoman Garcia was sitting in her patrol car in front of her house when someone approached the driver side door; after a struggle the assailant shot her in the head, severing her spinal cord. The suspect fled the scene as Patrolwoman Garcia tried to reach her home. She collapsed in the yard and was taken to a nearby hospital where she succumbed to her injuries later that day.

Patrolwoman Garcia's service weapon was missing from the scene, and it is believed that the suspect shot her at close range. A neighbor was tried for her murder, but was acquitted, and the case remains unsolved.

Patrolwoman Garcia had served with the agency for only six weeks and was survived by her mother.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 month, 2 weeks
  • Badge 8040

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never identified

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God bless you and your family still Kathy.
I only learned of your murder recently when visiting my childhood home across the street from your home - where you were killed. Your family babysat me when I was little...your age. Ironic that in such a rough neighborhood, 3 of the 4 houses on that corner would have children who would become police officers (including myself) and 1 of the neighbors would be your accused killer. In that sense, in spite of your murder, the good guys win. Thank you to you and you family for your sacrifice.

Randy Patrick
SPO (ret)

November 10, 2013

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