(Lawrenceville, GA) As part of National Police Week, the Gwinnett County Police Department held a memorial ceremony at 10 a.m. onTuesday, May 15 to remember Gwinnett police officers who had died in line of duty.
Since 1964, four police officers have been killed in the line of duty, three of them on the same day, April 17, 1964. On that day, officers Marvin Gravitt, Jerry Everett and Ralph Davis were shot to death when they responded to a suspicious person call. The arrived to find several people stripping a car. The bodies of the three police officers were found the following day in a wooded area near their patrol vehicle. Three suspects were arrested, convicted and sentenced to death. Their sentences, however, were later commuted to life in prison.
The only other Gwinnett police officer to die in the line of duty was Officer Chris Magill who was killed by a drunk driver while in his police car waiting for a tow truck to arrive on a scene.
The Memorial Service was scheduled for 10 a.m. in the morning at the GCPD Training Center in Lawrenceville with opening remarks by Gwinnett Police Chief A.A. Ayers, prayers and laying the wreath followed by a three-gun salute.