Police Officer Edward Emile Fritz, Jr.

Police Officer Edward Emile Fritz, Jr.

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, February 3, 1953

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Edward Emile Fritz, Jr.

Police Officer Edward Fritz was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle on NW 119th Street, near 20th Avenue, that was fleeing a robbery.

He was unaware that the occupants were wanted for a series of robberies in the area and was shot as he approached the vehicle. The three suspects were apprehended. Two of them were convicted and executed for the murder in 1956.

Officer Fritz had served with the Dade County Road Patrol for two years.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1956

robbery, traffic stop

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The story is even more interesting, this was the first fallen officer in which the FBI’s methods were used to find the killers. He is memorialized in D.C. and the writer who covered the story for the Miami Hearld Paper was Jay Reno....the father of Janet Reno... both cop killers each escaped prison separately, caught and executed...COP killer # 2, # 3 put to death.

James Fritz jr

March 30, 2021

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