Officer Gary Lee Hughes

Officer Gary Lee Hughes

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Sunday, May 23, 1976

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Gary Lee Hughes

Officer Hughes was killed when his cruiser was struck from behind by a drunk driver. He and his partner had just arrested another drunk driver and Officer Hughes was sitting in the back seat of his cruiser, which was still parked on the shoulder, with the original suspect. A pickup truck driven by the second drunk driver swerved off the road and crushed the patrol car. Officer Hughes' partner, who was standing outside of the vehicle, was struck by the patrol car and was injured. The driver of the pickup truck was charged with felony drunk driving and manslaughter.
Officer Hughes had been with the agency for 11 years.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 3401

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Charged with manslaughter

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Semper Fi Sharon. We will always remember your husbands service and dedication to our beloved Blue and Gold. Such a great honor to be a member of the worlds premier law enforcement Agency in the world. I respect you and your family for remembering how much your husband meant to all of us. God bless you and your family and God bless the California Highway Patrol.

State Traffic Officer 7185 Mike Becze
California Highway Patrol, South Los Angeles 1969-1971

May 23, 2020

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