Patrolman Jerry L. Hartless

Patrolman Jerry L. Hartless

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, January 31, 1988

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Jerry L. Hartless

Patrolman Jerry Hartless succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained three weeks earlier during a foot pursuit in the area of Ozark Street and Ocean View Boulevard.

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.

Bio

  • Age 24
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, January 9, 1988
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Case never solved

foot pursuit, gang member, warrant service

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Tonight was the night, I knocked on your door to tell Shandee you were down. I was lost, but we made a promise, and I did my best. We were just kids. I know Jerry would appreciate this but I am getting ready for the Goruck challenge, so I made a patch that says " JLH 1988" and it will give me strength. I remember you always. You mattered, you were my friend, I miss you...

Chief Dale Cummins
SDPD 4065

January 10, 2019

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