Patrolman Donald W. Gaskin

Photo of Patrolman Donald W. Gaskin
End of Watch: Tue, Dec 30th, 1969
Date of Incident: Tue, Dec 30th, 1969
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 6 years
Age: 31


Officer Gaskin and Detective Ratliff were shot and killed during an armed robbery at a local grocery store.

While the two suspects were inside the store, Officer Gaskin arrived at the scene.

The suspect ordered the store clerk to open the door and as Officer Gaskin entered he was shot by the suspect.

Backup officers arrived just as Officer Gaskin was shot. During the ensuing shootout Detective Ratliff was killed and two other officers were seriously wounded. The two suspects were also wounded.

Officer Gaskin succumbed to his wounds before reaching the hospital.

Detective Ratliff succumbed to his injuries approximately five hours later during surgery.


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There are 4 tributes for Patrolman Donald W. Gaskin.

Patrolman Donald W. Gaskin
Left by SSG Garnett K. Gaskin on Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Donald was my 2nd cousin. He and my father grew up together. I have heard endless stories of their youth and Donald's extraordinary skill with weapons. I was only 5 years old when he was killed, but I remember the sadness of everyone around like it was yesterday. I was thrilled to find out we served in the the same MP Brigade. He is missed by all.