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Patrolman Jerry L. Hartless | San Diego Police Department, California San Diego Police Department, California


Jerry L. Hartless

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, January 31, 1988

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 9 months

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/9/1988

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Case never solved

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Patrolman Jerry Hartless succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained three weeks earlier during a foot pursuit.

He and another officer were on patrol when Patrolman Hartless noticed a wanted gang member standing on a corner. The suspect fled on foot when Patrolman Hartless approached him.

As Patrolman Hartless caught up to the suspect the man produced a 9 mm handgun and opened fire, striking him in the forehead.

Patrolman Hartless was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the San Diego Police Department for nine months. He was survived by his wife.

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Semper Fi Jerry:

It has been over 30 years since you paid the supreme sacrifice for your country and community Marine and San Diego Police Officer Hartless.

You were taken from us too soon, brother, and I recall meeting with the fellow officers at the POA building as we collectively prayed for your recovery.

Thanks so much for you service, Jerry. We will miss you.

M. Little
U. S. DOD dept 1988
San Diego, california

M. Little
U. S. Government DOD
November 2, 2015


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