Detective Fred Renovato

Detective Fred Renovato

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Thursday, October 13, 1938

Fred Renovato

Detective Fred Renovato was shot and killed on 22nd Street, between Larimer Street and Lawrence Street, while attempting to stop a crazed man from harming his girlfriend.

He had responded to calls of the man pulling a woman from an apartment by her hair. As he approached the man he was shot four times. He was able to return fire but did not strike the suspect.

The suspect was apprehended and convicted of his murder. He was executed in 1939.

Detective Renovato was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Executed in 1939


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On September 9 2017 the Denver Police Museum and the Denver Police Department will place a memorial sign honoring Detective Renovato for his sacrifice at the location where he lost his life. On behalf of the citizens of the City and County of Denver we want to honor Detective Renovato and thank his family for his service and sacrifice. A flag will be flown over the United States Capitol in his honor. We have been unsuccesful in locating family members and the museum will hold the flag until family members contact us and present the proper credentials.

Michael Hesse
Denver Police Museum

September 2, 2017

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