Patrolman Thomas Joseph Dietzman, Jr.

Patrolman Thomas Joseph Dietzman, Jr.

Aurora Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Friday, August 16, 1985

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Thomas Joseph Dietzman, Jr.

Patrolman Thomas Dietzman was accidentally shot and killed while qualifying for the department's SWAT team. He had already taken the physical agility test and was the first applicant to take the firearms proficiency test. During the scenario he was accidentally shot in the back of the head with a Mac-10 automatic pistol by another officer.

Patrolman Dietzman had served with the agency for five years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 80-44

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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It will be 34 years since you were taken from us
Not a day goes by my friend that you aren't in my thoughts
You were a kind gentle soul that always watched over me while I was on patrol
and made me feel safe. You will be forever missed.

Kim Animal Care Supervisor
City of Aurora

August 15, 2019

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