Patrolman Jesse Joe Hittson

Patrolman Jesse Joe Hittson

Yreka Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, July 17, 1978

Jesse Joe Hittson

Patrolman Hittson was shot and killed while chasing several suspects into the hills. Patrolman Hittson was struck one time in the chest by a shot from a .22 caliber rifle. The shooter was arrested and sentenced to death, but was acquitted during a retrial. The shooter's sister was sentenced to life.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Acquitted

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I met officer Hittson from the other side. As a young messed up punk kid Bo chased me down a alley one night in 1973 and I almost got away. While waiting for his partner to find us we talked, both out of breath. I will never forget his question "what the blank is your problem kid". Those words had a lot to do with me finding my way back to being what I am now. Never got to say think you, so I say it now.

Walter Malena
Supervisory Dispatcher

March 25, 2015

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