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

traffic stop

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Trevor, I just googled Gary's name knowing the anniversary of his death was coming up. I went to high school with Gary, in fact dated him for 2 years. I saw him only a few times after breaking up, but I was in touch with your grandmother. My heart broke when I learned of his death, but I have reflected many times over the years about the fun, spontaneous dates we had. Should you care to get in touch, you are welcome to email me. [email protected]
Jacque Gunia Hennig

Jacque Gunia Hennig
past girlfriend

September 19, 2022

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