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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

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: 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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My name is George Jaeger and John Crosby was married to my Aunt Lorraine (my mothers sister) I lived in San Francisco and Johnny Crosby used to take me fishing at muni pier and then we would go with my aunt to Joe's house for dinner. My mother Evelyn knew the whole family from 40's and 50's. I became a police Officer for three Departments over my career. Joe was a very intelligent and good man. It was a hot day and he had taken off his coat. He didn't want his gun and badge to show so he left them in the car when he approached the suspects. His partner continued to wear his coat and gun. In the struggle one of them grabbed Joe's partners gun, a S&W 41 Magnum and shot Joe. The last memory of Joe was on the KPIX news with him on his back dead with his right leg bent vertical to the ground. I was a pall bearer at his funeral.

April 18, 2014


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