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Public Safety Officer Eric Emiliano Zapata | Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, Michigan Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, Michigan

Public Safety Officer

Eric Emiliano Zapata

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, Michigan

End of Watch: Monday, April 18, 2011

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 11611

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Committed suicide

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Officer Eric Zapata was shot and killed after responding to reports of a shots fired call on Hays Park Avenue.

Another officer had also responded to the call and approached a man standing on a porch. As the officer asked the man if he had heard any shots, the man suddenly pulled out a gun and exchanged shots with the officer.

The subject then ran in between two houses where he confronted Officer Zapata. More shots were exchanged and Officer Zapata was struck in the head and chest. The man then committed suicide.

Officer Zapata had served with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety for 10 years.

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A few days ago, I was on I-94 near Kalamazoo and noticed the sign marking a portion of the freeway as the "Officer Eric Zapata Memorial Highway."

Rest easy brother, you are not forgotten.

Police Officer Arick Flesch
Detroit Police Department
June 29, 2015


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