Patrolwoman Kathleen Garcia

Patrolwoman Kathleen Garcia

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Saturday, March 28, 1981

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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's 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 Denver Police Department 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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Patrolwoman Garcia,
On today, the 41st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Denver. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 28, 2022

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