Officer Douglas E. Gibbs

Officer Douglas E. Gibbs

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, October 1, 1977

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Douglas E. Gibbs

Officer Douglas Gibbs was shot and fatally wounded as he was placing a man under arrest for pick pocketing near the intersection of Jones Street and Golden Gate Avenue.

Officer Gibbs was a member of the police decoy unit. After setting up an operation, the unit moved in on a suspect for an arrest. After the suspect was apprehended, he was placed on the hood of Officer Gibbs' car so he could be searched. As Officer Gibbs was conducting the search, another suspect walked up behind him and shot him twice in the back.

He died from his wounds five days later. The shooting suspect later surrendered to police and was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole.

Officer Gibbs had served with the San Francisco Police Department for five years. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 193

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, September 26, 1977
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Doug was my fathers partner, though he was not with him that day. He talked about the incident from time to time, even may years later. He only had good things to say about Doug and his family.

SSgt Damian Musante

December 30, 2020

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