Detective Todd Michael Fatta

Detective Todd Michael Fatta

Broward County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, August 19, 2004

Todd Michael Fatta

Detective Fatta was shot and killed while serving a warrant on a registered sex offender suspected of being involved with child pornography.

Detective Fatta was part of a task force of 15 officers who had gone to the home to serve the warrant. The task force officers had been to the home numerous times before and always encountered resistance from the suspect.

The officers presented the warrant to the suspect, who attempted to refuse them entry into the house. The officers entered the house. As Detective Fatta turned a corner in the home, the suspect opened fire. One round from a high powered weapon struck Detective Fatta in the chest, penetrating his bullet resistant vest. Another officer was shot in the hand and shoulder during an exchange of gunfire with the suspect. Both officers were transported to a local hospital where Detective Fatta succumbed to his wound.

The suspect was arrested inside the house by task force members. On June 13, 2007, the suspect was sentenced to life in prison.

Detective Fatta had served with the Broward County Sheriff's Office for nine years.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 7996

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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