Patrolman Gary D. McCullen

Patrolman Gary D. McCullen

Saginaw Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, December 8, 1967

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Gary D. McCullen

Patrolman Gary McCullen was shot and killed by the owner of a bar when he and two other officers entered the bar seeking suspects. The suspects were watned in connection with the robbery of a bowling alley and two bars earlier in the evening that resulted in two other officers being shot.

Patrolman McCullen, and the other officers in civilian clothing, entered the Annex bar through the fire exit, carrying their shotguns while a uniformed officer waited outside the front entrance. The officers shouted that two officers had been shot and ordered everyone to freeze.

As Patrolman McCullen disarmed the bouncer, the bar's owner opened fire from a storage room hitting Patrolman McCullen in the back. Patrolman McCullen began running to the storage room, but collapsed from his injuries as he reached steps leading to the room. Despite being mortally wounded, Patrolman McCullen returned fire as the bar owner fired again through the door hitting Patrolman McCullen once in the head. Upon hearing the shots the uniformed officer entered the bar and shouted that they were police officers.

The bar owner testified that he believed that the two officers were the same robbers that struck other bars earlier that evening and did not realize they were policemen until the uniformed officer entered the bar. He was charged with manslaughter, but the case was dismissed as a combination of self defense and mistaken identity on February 2nd, 1968.

Patrolman McCullen had served with the Saginaw Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 21
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 48

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Manslaughter charges dismissed

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Rest In Peace Brother. You are honored and remembered today the 50th anniversary of your E.O.W. You are not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

December 8, 2017

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