Police Officer Fred B. Veretto

Police Officer Fred B. Veretto

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, January 7, 1947

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Fred B. Veretto

Police Officer Fred Veretto succumbed to wounds sustained when he was shot while he and other officers responded to a domestic violence call at 1018 18th Street on January 2nd, 1947.

After knocking on the home's door the husband opened fire, striking Officer Veretto in the leg, causing severe bleeding. The man was shot and killed by other officers.

Officer Veretto was transported to a local hospital where he underwent multiple blood transfusions before succumbing to complications of his injuries on January 7th, 1947.

Officer Veretto was a U.S. Navy combat veteran of WWII and had served with the Oakland Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife and mother.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, January 2, 1947
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Officer Veretto,

I am the grandson of Albert Garcia, the man that murdered you 77 years ago, and whom was lawfully killed by the return gunfire. For the longest time all I was told was that my grandfather died in a car accident.

I am grateful for your service to our country. If you are with Yeshua the Christ in heaven, I look forward to thanking you personally. I know my grandfather was intoxicated on that fateful day, and will likely spend his eternity in Hell.

Like you, I also served in the USN, and served as a Highway Patrolman for 29 years. It saddens me deeply to know this about my family’s past. I look forward to the return of Christ when He makes all things new.

John 3:36:
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

Highway Patrolman Garcia, Honorably retired (1991-2020)

January 7, 2024

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