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Police Officer John Stuart Trettin | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer

John Stuart Trettin

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Sunday, February 29, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 4623

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/25/1976

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Sentenced to life in prison

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Officer John Trettin was shot and fatally wounded by a bullet fired from the roof of a housing project at 25th and Jackson Streets as he and several officers investigated a report of shots being fired. He died four days later from a gunshot wound to the head. A 15 year-old youth was arrested the next day and charged with murder.

The suspect, who told police "I just wanted to kill a cop", was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life on September 21, 1976.

Officer Trettin was a U.S Army veteran of the Vietnam war and was survived by his wife and three young children.

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Thought of often by classmate. Never will be forgotten.

Dawn M. Gambone
friend and classmate
January 24, 2016


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