Patrolman Jerry L. Hartless

Patrolman Jerry L. Hartless

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, January 31, 1988

Jerry L. Hartless

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.

Bio

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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, January 9, 1988
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Case never solved

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We lost you nearly thirty years ago but your memory still lives strong. You continue to serve as a motivator for young officers and all of us who work/worked in law enforcement. God bless you and all who serve.

J. McKinley, Lt. (ret.)
S.C.S.D.

January 8, 2018

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