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Donald W. Gaskin

End of Tour: Tuesday, December 30, 1969Donald W. Gaskin
Rank: Detective
Assignment: C.I.S.
Age: 31
Incident Date: Tuesday, December 30, 1969
Incident Location: 3200 block of Osage Avenue
Cause of Death: Gunshot
Suspect Name: Not available
Weapon Involved: Handgun
Case Status: Closed -  Assailant convicted


Officer Gaskin was 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 order 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, one other officer was killed and two were seriously wounded.

Officer Gaskin succumbed to his wounds before reaching the hospital.

Louisville Division of Police