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

Patrolman

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

Suspect: 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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To the family of Officer Jerry L. Hartless,

On April 17th, 2014 I graduated the 98th Regional Academy and I am now one of the newest officers with the San Diego Police Department. I retired from the Marine Corps after 21 years on October 1st 2013. I knew for many years about the story of Officer Hartless. I was extremely honored to have received the Jerry L. Hartless spirit award from my peers and the staff at graduation. Everyday I patrol the streets of San Diego, I will carry Jerry’s’ spirit, determination and commitment to excellence everyday. As he looks down upon us from the pearly gates he is guarding he will know this.

“I shall stand tall above the competition.
 Through professional pride, integrity, and teamwork,
 I shall be the example
 for all Officers to emulate. Jerry’s spirit will live on”

Semper Fi

Officer David C. Danel
San Diego Police Department
April 22, 2014

 

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