Deputy Sheriff Michael A. Gray

Deputy Sheriff Michael A. Gray

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Thursday, January 13, 1983

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Michael A. Gray

Deputy Sheriff Michael Gray succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained 10 days earlier while attempting to question a transient in front of a business at 5805 Highway 9 in Felton, California.

As Deputy Gray stopped his patrol car the man walked up to the driver's window and suddenly opened fire without warning, striking Deputy Gray in the abdomen several times. Despite being wounded, Deputy Gray was able to return as the man walked away.

The suspect also shot and wounded a California Highway Patrol officer who responded to Deputy Gray's call for help. The suspect then fled into Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park where his body was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound several days later.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, January 3, 1983
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Committed suicide

suspicious person

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My mom and I are sitting and talking about our neighbor who lived behind us and looked him up. We remember how dedicated he was to being a deputy and his service during the 82 floods. We appreciate and remember.
-Carolyn and Kara Heine


September 3, 2018

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