Police Officer Gary Dean Moss

Police Officer Gary Dean Moss

Hermosa Beach Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, June 24, 1982

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Gary Dean Moss

Officer Gary Moss succumbed to injuries sustained when he and his partner were critically injured by a drunk driver that pulled out in front of them on Aviation Drive and Harper Drive in Hermosa Beach.

Officer Moss and his partner were pursuing two speeding motorcycles on Aviation Drive when a car turned left in front of them. Officer Moss collided with the front right fender, and his partner hit the right passenger door. Both were thrown over the car and onto the street 90 feet away.

His 28-year-old partner broke his arms, legs, clavicle, and pelvis. He spent several months in the hospital and returned numerous times for operations. He could never run again and had pain and problems walking for the rest of his life. He was forced to retire from the police department but returned to full duty three years later and retired in 2008.

Officer Moss was transported to South Bay Hospital, succumbing to head injuries four days later. He donated his organs as his last act of service.

The suspect was found guilty of drunk driving but acquitted of felony manslaughter. The jury said the officers were at fault because they were speeding. He never spent a day in jail and was placed on probation for driving drunk.

Officer Moss had served with the Hermosa Beach Police Department for 15 months. He is survived by his parents and two brothers.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year, 3 months
  • Badge 095

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Sunday, June 20, 1982
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Acquitted

DUI, motorcycle

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The Hermosa Beach Police Department remembers you today Officer Moss, on the 41st Anniversary of your death. You are always part of our family and will never be forgotten. We also remember Officer Wolcott and his experiences that night and every day since then. Rest in peace and God bless your family.

Paul LeBaron- Chief of Police
Hermosa Beach Police Department.

June 24, 2023

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