Trooper Gary Vance Gifford

Trooper Gary Vance Gifford

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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Trooper Gifford,

My heart is heavy after watching your episode on Real Stories of the Highway Patrol. Nothing good to say about the one that took your life, so I won't. As time goes by, many hearts are either broken or heavy felt. However, with today's pandemic. I am happy to see that you are no longer suffering and would not have to experience what we have to deal with today regarding targeted LEOs. You are considered a hero and will always be a hero. Please continue to look over your loved ones. Rest In Peace and rest well, your family and loved ones will reunite with you again one day.

P. Nguyen
Armed Security Officer

September 3, 2020

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