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Patrolman Derek Kotecki | Lower Burrell Police Department, Pennsylvania Lower Burrell Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman

Derek Kotecki

Lower Burrell Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 18 years

Badge # 27

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman Derek Kotecki was shot and killed while investigating reports of a wanted man at a local fast food restaurant. The man was wanted for a shooting ten days earlier and for threatening police officers during the previous week.

The subject was hiding by laying in the back seat of his SUV. As Patrolman Kotecki and his canine, Odin, approached, the man suddenly sat up opened fire from a distance of about 10 feet. Patrolman Kotecki was struck in the head, abdomen, and left arm.

The man then fled, but was confronted by other officers as he attempted to climb a fence behind the restaurant. He was killed during an exchange of shots with the responding officers.

K9 Odin was uninjured but had to be muzzled after refusing to leave Patrolman Kotecki's side.

Patrolman Kotecki had served with the Lower Burrell Police Department for 18 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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Officer Kotecki... Although we have never met, I would like to thank you for your service. This was such a horrible act that was committed by such a coward. I wanted to take a second and thank you for your service and selfless sacrifice to our country, and for ultimately giving your life while trying to make this world a better place. You are a true hero in every sense of the word and clearly a great man who was loved by many and is missed by all. I, like you, have a wife and son and put on this uniform every day not knowing if this will be the final inspection. Nothing will ever make the pain go away for your family but rest easy knowing that you are a warrior and your legacy will live on through your children. This post is made with the utmost respect for you and your family. Be easy brother...

Sergeant Ron Lacher
North Charleston Police Department, South Carolina
March 10, 2015

 

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