Officer Gary Lee Larson

Officer Gary Lee Larson

Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, California

End of Watch Sunday, January 28, 1962

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Gary Lee Larson

Officer Larson was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a liquor store robbery suspect. The suspect, 20, and girl friend, 20, were arrested and charged with murder.

On April 26, 1962, the suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. His girlfriend was acquitted. On August 27, 1970, he escaped from a state prison camp at Chino. He was captured in Kansas City on October 12, 1970. On February 5, 1975, the California Court of Appeals granted him a new trial. Eight months later he was again convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life.

Officer Larson had served with the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety for 3 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 30

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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