End of Watch: Pensacola Police Officer John William Robert Gordon

Pensacola Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, September 22, 1889

The members of the Pensacola Police Department had never experienced this feeling until September 23, 1889.  It was the first time. 

On September 22, 1889, Officer Gordon made an arrest. The suspect fought with Gordon and force was used to take him into custody.

The next day, Officer Gordon was walking a beat at Palafox and Zarragossa Streets at 6:30 pm when he was approached by the same suspect who accused him of unnecessarily striking him. Officer Gordon explained that he was just doing his duty. Suddenly, the suspect produced a firearm and shot Gordon, striking him in the heart. He died 20 minutes later. Officer Gordon, 35, was from Alabama and had two children, who received his pension.


Published by Mike Simmons

I am a retired sergeant with the Pensacola Police Department. I currently work as a coordinator at the George Stone Criminal Justice Training Center. I am married to the former Jerri Crabtree. We have three grown children and seven grandchildren. I volunteer with a boys' mentoring program known as "Royal Rangers."

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