Police Officer Gary Hart

Police Officer Gary Hart

California State University Hayward Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, June 1, 1977

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Gary Hart

Police Officer Gary Hart and Police Officer Stanley Henney were shot and killed by a fellow officer in the campus police station. The subject was believed to be suffering from mental illness before shooting both officers.

Officer Hart was taken to St. Rose Hospital, Hayward, where he died from his injuries at 1:45 am.

The shooter, 39, was convicted of first-degree murder for killing Officer Hart and second-degree murder for killing Officer Henney. Five years later new evidence was discovered and he was granted a new trial. On January 30, 1984, he was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 5 years to life.

Officer Hart was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the California State University Hayward Police Department for one year. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 9
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, May 30, 1977
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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2022. It seems like just yesterday. My hero Officer Gary Hart who protected me all the way to the locker room. May God bless your heart, spirit and soul. Forever in my families heart ❤️. May your family know you are and were an amazing person.

Laura Bartoni

May 30, 2022

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