Officer Gary Dwaine Harl

Officer Gary Dwaine Harl

Arlington Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, July 17, 1975

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Gary Dwaine Harl

Officer Gary Harl succumbed to gunshot wounds he received when he stopped a man driving a stolen motorcycle.

Around 11:00 pm, Officer Harl made a routine traffic stop for a simple traffic violation. The driver of the motorcycle stopped in the parking lot of a convenience store near 1101 California Lane. Officer Harl requested back up and began talking with the motorcycle driver, who suddenly reached toward Officer Harl, pointing a gun at the officer's head. The subject shot him one time.

Officer Harl was pronounced dead at the hospital about one hour later. He was unaware the motorcycle had just been stolen by the suspect.

Texas Rangers assisted in the investigation and manhunt of the suspect, who was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound the following morning after being surrounded by officers.

Officer Harl was a U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam War veteran and had served with the Arlington Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife, mother, sister, and brother.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 0256
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, July 16, 1975
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

convicted felon, parolee, stolen vehicle, traffic stop

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I was his patrol sargent, but was off duty that fateful night. He was was a fine officier. APD lost a young superior man of character.

Patrol Sgt. Jerry McCurry #115

July 24, 2023

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