Lieutenant Richard W.O. Gammill

Photo of Lieutenant Richard W.O. Gammill
End of Watch: Thu, Sep 7th, 1989
Date of Incident: Thu, May 22nd, 1980
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: Not Known
Age: 46


His mother Leona and brother Grover


Lieutenant Gammill succcumbed to gunshot wound sustained 9 years earlier while investigating the shooting of a citizen. He had responded with other officers to a local hotel to check on a man who had reported being shot while driving on the interstate.

When the first two officers arrived the man refused to cooperate. When Lieutenant Gammill arrived the man pulled out a handgun and shot the three officers before being shot and killed by return gunfire.

Lieutenant Gammill served as a sergeant at the time of the shooting.

In addition to his service in law enforcement, Lieutenant Gammill was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


Joplin Police Department Patch
303 E 3rd Street
Joplin, Missouri 64801
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