Trooper Gary Gifford

Trooper Gary Gifford

Nevada Highway Patrol, Nevada

End of Watch Tuesday, October 14, 1975

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Gary Gifford

Trooper Gary Gifford was shot and killed after making a traffic stop of a bank robbery suspect on US 50, at Cave Rock, Nevada.

His killer was convicted of his murder and sent to prison. In 1989 his killer was shot and killed in prison after taking a physician hostage during a 10 hour standoff.

Trooper Gifford was a U.S. Navy veteran. He had served with the Nevada Highway Patrol for six years and had served a short time as chief of the Fallon Police Department. He is survived by his son, parents, and sister.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

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In 1982, I was a young NHP cadet and was reminded of the murder of Trooper Gifford. Coincidentally, I was station at Lake Tahoe for my first duty assignment and worked with those men who knew and worked with Trooper Gifford. Not a shift went by that I did not reflect upon his ultimate sacrifice as I drove through Cave Rock tunnel while sweeping my beat. To this day, even after I had moved on from the NHP, I reflect on that day every October. Those who have served at the Lake Tahoe sub-station have a special bond.

CHP State Traffic Ofcr. Folke Lilyquist
1989 NHP #6173

July 18, 2015

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