Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 5 years
Badge # 4623
Incident Date: 2/25/1976
Offender: Sentenced to life in prison
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.