Sergeant George Daniel Sullivan
University of Nevada Reno Police Department
End of Watch: Tuesday, January 13, 1998
Tour of Duty: 18 years
Badge Number: Unknown
Cause of Death: Assault
Date of Incident: Tuesday, January 13, 1998
Weapon Used: Edged weapon, hatchet
Suspect Info: Sentenced to death
Sergeant George Sullivan was found beaten to death next to his patrol car at approximately 1:00 am. Sergeant Sullivan was ambushed by a man who held a hatred for law enforcement officers. The man attacked him with a hatchet, fatally wounding him. His body was found by two university employees walking through campus.
After murdering Sergeant Sullivan, the suspect took his gun belt and gun and fled the area. He was arrested two days later after a standoff with the Salt Lake City, Utah, Police Department. On October 6, 1999, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
Sergeant Sullivan had served with the agency for 18 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.