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Officer Joseph Brodnik | San Francisco Police Department, California San Francisco Police Department, California


Joseph Brodnik

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, May 1, 1969

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/1/1969

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: Acquitted

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Officer Joseph Brodnik was shot and killed when he and his partner stopped two suspicious youths on Alvarado Street.

Officer Brodnik and his partner were working a burglary suppression unit, in plain clothes, and were operating an unmarked car in the Mission District.

The suspects were part of a larger group of seven juveniles and they had just committed a daytime burglary. During the confrontation, one of the youths grabbed Officer Brodnik's partner's gun and shot Officer Brodnik, killing him. His partner sustained severe injuries from being beaten by the juveniles.

Six suspects were arrested and acquitted at trial. The seventh suspect fled the country. The suspect believed to have killed Officer Brodnik was later killed in prison. He had been sent to prison for committing an armed robbery in which he was shot and wounded by a San Francisco police officer.

Officer Brodnik is survived by his wife and three children. One of Officer Brodnik's sons later became a San Francisco police officer.

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I met Joe Brodnik in San Francisco in Dec 1952 at the home of my first aunt Jessie,( born an Allan ) in Scotland and daughter Jessie Crosby who I heard he married later. Young Jessie had 5 older brothers. ..I was on my honeymoon from Montreal via Texas & California to British Columbia to work. I lost touch with them and recently traced our Allan ancestry back to Scotland. So if they had any children they may be interested in their Scottish Heritage. Can go back to 1829 so far. If any one still is in touch with their descendants,they can contact me in Austin Tx.. I am now 87 yrs old and in reasonable health.

N/A. Reserved occupation,N. Ireland.
First cousin in law.
November 28, 2013


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