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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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I think about you a lot throughout the year and often reflect upon the sacrifice you made. But today, I not only think of you, but also the family and friends you left behind and how it must be especially difficult for them on this anniversary of your passing. I hope they find some solace in the fact that you are in a peaceful place and I hope they can muster a smile, or even a laugh, as they reflect back on the times they shared with you. Rest in Peace my friend...until we all see you again...

Danny McCoy
Corrections Program Coordinator
MI Dept. of Corrections
January 31, 2014

 

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