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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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I review this site amd see our fallen comrades, I think about how much you meant to our family (dept). You always had a smile and a great sense of humor, and Somewhat of a funny prankster. I recall being a new hire and having my uniform hanging up in station 45, going through PT and returning to find my badge upside down on my uniform (numerous times). Since you worked nights and was changing to go home as I started PT, and was know as a jokester, I had suspicions that it was you, however never asked. Also myslef along with other officers who found random pennies in their shoes regularly. Nonetheless, those are a few of the fond memories I remember of you in my two yrs of knowing and working with you. Peace and you are always thought of and forever missed.

Public Safety Officer Aaron Jackson
Kalamazoo PD
March 10, 2015

 

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