Today we remember an officer whose sacrifice changed our community and the culture of this department forever. Every Clinton Police Officer will forever carry Officer Gary Michael Jr.’s legacy. We strive every day to live up to the expectation he set for all of us- selfless duty, unwavering honor and fearless service. “Service Above Self” is the height of the bar set before us by 321.
On August 6, 2017, Officer Gary Michael Jr., radio number 321, stopped a vehicle in the 100 Block of East Green Street for operating without headlights. Officer Michael was ambushed on his initial approach and was shot. Despite being mortally wounded, Officer Michael returned fire and in turn wounded the suspect, effectively stopping the assault and rendering the suspect incapable of any possible further assault on other responding officers.