Police Officer Bradley W. Matteson

Police Officer Bradley W. Matteson

Fort Wayne Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Thursday, October 5, 2000

Bradley W. Matteson

Police Officer Bradley Matteson died shortly after being involved in a vehicle accident.

He was returning from a service call when his cruiser was struck by a semitrailer which had run a red light at State Street and Coliseum Boulevard. The cruiser was flipped over and the driver's side doors were crushed and had to be pried open in order to free Officer Matteson. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries several hours later. The driver of the other vehicle pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

Officer Matteson had served with the Fort Wayne Police Department for 19 years and had planned to retire in 2001. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 157

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Brad made so many contributions to his family, friends and community. I am forever grateful to him as he helped me with stalking situation that I had tolerated for several years. One day when I felt extrememly threatened and had to call 911, he heard my address/situation over the radio (he was off duty at the time) and he got in contact with me almost immediately...helping and supporting me to take the steps needed to end an ongoing problem. I am so grateful to this day for him, Susie (and her Mom) helping me during a difficult situation. Blessed to have known him!

Jill Barnabee Downs

July 4, 2018

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