Police Officer Patrick Lee Metzler

Police Officer Patrick Lee Metzler

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, October 23, 2002

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Patrick Lee Metzler

Police Officer Patrick Metzler was killed when his patrol car was struck from behind by a drunk driver while providing traffic control at a construction site at North Central Expressway and LBJ Freeway at approximately 1:00 am.

The vehicle that struck him had first passed a construction truck with an arrow indicator, and then the vehicle went back into the right hand lane where it rammed into the back of his patrol car, killing Officer Metzler instantly. The patrol car burst into flames as a result of the collision. Officer Metzler was working an overtime detail at the time.

The drunk driver was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Officer Metzler was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He had served with the Dallas Police Department for eight years, and was assigned to the Gang Unit. He is survived by his parents, sister, and a brother who is a police officer in Colorado.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 7042
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 15 years

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It’s been a few years since I’ve been here. Today was very hard for me . It’s been 18 years since you were called home. As I right this to you , I know your with Chris now. My son died last 8/30/2019 in a motorcycle accident and I’m going through a very painful rough time it’s been 9 months and I know his with you. Before he died he brought you up in our conversation he was telling me to find love again the kind of love you gave me. Then a few days later he was called home to be with the angels . I miss you both so much. It still feels so unreal. Please watch over Chris and thank you for loving us till the end. Chris loved you so much as I do. I miss you laugh smile your warm hugs and the way you played w Chris your bond together now your both in heaven till we reunite.


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