Policeman Gary W. Murakami

Policeman Gary W. Murakami

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, September 9, 1968

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Gary W. Murakami

Officer Gary Murakami was shot and killed while he and his partner answered a call of a disturbance involving a nude man knocking on doors on West 60th Street.

When the officers approached the apartment's front door they had to pass in front of a window. As they did so the suspect opened fire with a .410 gauge shotgun, striking Officer Murakami in the head.

Officer Murakami was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to the wound during surgery.

The suspect was killed by officers at the scene who returned fire.

The shooting took place on Officer Murakami's first call on his second day out of the academy. His unit had just been released from roll call when he was dispatched on the call.

He is survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 2 days
  • Badge 14037

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 410 gauge
  • Offender Shot and killed

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It is disturbing to read of an officer who is killed after only the most brief of careers--in this case only the second day. But your service is NOT forgotten, and it is not diminished by your short tenure. We will never know this side of the grave what your sacrifice meant. May your wife and son remember you as a man who stood strong in the Thin Blue Line.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona

September 9, 2018

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