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Patrolman Jesse Joe Hittson | Yreka Police Department, California Yreka Police Department, California

Patrolman

Jesse Joe Hittson

Yreka Police Department, California

End of Watch: Monday, July 17, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .22 caliber

Offender: Acquitted

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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.

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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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