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Detective Joseph B. Friesz | East St. Louis Police Department, Illinois East St. Louis Police Department, Illinois


Joseph B. Friesz

East St. Louis Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Sunday, February 24, 1924

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Shot and killed

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Detective Joseph Friesz was shot and killed after arresting a robbery suspect. He and another officer had located the man driving a stolen car. After searching the man and the car Detective Friesz ordered the man to drive the car back to the station as the detective rode with him.

When the men arrived at the station the suspect produced a weapon he had hidden in a seat cushion. During the ensuing struggle Detective Friesz was shot twice. Despite being mortally wounded he was able to gain control of the weapon and shot the suspect twice, killing him.

Detective Friesz was survived by his wife.

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Rest in Peace, Detective Friesz. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
May 19, 2012


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