Officer Eric A. Zelms

Officer Eric A. Zelms

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, January 1, 1970

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Eric A. Zelms

Officer Eric Zelms was shot and killed while investigating a burglary while on foot patrol at approximately 0200 hours.

He was surprised by two burglars, who attacked him and were able to gain control of his .357 caliber service revolver. The men then shot him with it and attempted to flee.

The subject then encountered two other officers and exchanged shots. One of the men was wounded. Both were apprehended, convicted of the murder, and subsequently sentenced to eight to 10 years.

Officer Zelms was survived by his wife and one child.


  • Age 22
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 1348

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Both sentenced 8 - 10 years

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On the 52nd anniversary of your ultimate sacrifice,
RIP Officer Eric Zelms

James Conlin

January 1, 2022

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