Friday, April 13, 2012

Over 20 Years

My son linked to an Officer Memorial page and I went over there to find an old friend, coworker, soldier.

Gerald Wayne Moberly.
Officer Gerald Moberly was shot and killed as he and an officer from the Mansfield Police Department attempted to serve an arrest warrant on a parolee. The officers located the man and Officer Moberly escorted him to his room to obtain clothes before being taken to jail. The suspect grabbed a .22 caliber handgun and opened fire, striking Officer Moberly.

The man then exited the room and exchanged shots with the other police officer. Both men were wounded superficially and ran out of ammunition. The wounded officer then transported Officer Moberly to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds.
What the blurb doesn't tell you is that the offender dived out a window, sparking a manhunt for a cop-killer. We found him later at a relative's house and took him into custody. He did well not to resist. He's now serving life at Angola, and in Louisiana, life means life.

Looking at the date, I realize that it's been over 20 years since Gerry stood End of Watch. I was his supervisor, but more than that, Gerry was a good friend.

1 comment:

Dave O. said...

Even if it's twenty years after the fact, my condolences on the loss of your friend.