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.

Bio

  • 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,

I met your daughter Jessica when I was 18. I told her I was going to be a police officer. When I was 19, I asked her to marry me even though I worried it was unfair to put her in that position. At 23 I became a police officer and have been for another 23 years. We have been married for 27 years which is as long as your shortened life. We have 3 daughters and a son. Our son looks a lot like you. I am so lucky to have them. I owe you so much.

Your other two daughters, Colleen and Angela, have successful lives, good marriages and wonderful children. Your daughters and grandchildren are amazing people.

Thank you for being their father, for making the world better and I am so sorry you gave up so much to do it.

Sgt. Eric Friberg #7760
Reno Police Department

July 2, 2022

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