Trooper Gary Vance Gifford

Trooper Gary Vance Gifford

Nevada Department of Public Safety - Nevada Highway Patrol, Nevada

End of Watch Tuesday, October 14, 1975

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Gary Vance 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 29
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

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I am the Grandson of Trooper Gary Gifford, my name is Trevor Gary Gifford. I'd like to thank all of you for the stories and kind and heartfelt comments you've left about my grandfather. I couldn't be more proud to be named after him. I'm 17, and have always wanted to know my grandfather, but sadly never had the chance to. I'd love to hear more about him from anyone who has memories, or stories about him. Once again, thank you all.

Trevor Gifford

April 11, 2021

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