Public Safety Officer Eric Emiliano Zapata

Public Safety Officer Eric Emiliano Zapata

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, April 18, 2011

Eric Emiliano Zapata

Officer Eric Zapata was shot and killed after responding to reports of a shots fired call on Hays Park Avenue.

Another officer had also responded to the call and approached a man standing on a porch. As the officer asked the man if he had heard any shots, the man suddenly pulled out a gun and exchanged shots with the officer.

The subject then ran in between two houses where he confronted Officer Zapata. More shots were exchanged and Officer Zapata was struck in the head and chest. The man then committed suicide.

Officer Zapata had served with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety for 10 years.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 11611

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Today is August 8,2016 I went to Church today and ask for healing pray for me, ask for family peace in the family. and prayed for my hubby and the business and for a home.And i said a pray for you that you are God gift and helping to fight evil in this world.Update..Alexis is now a graduate, going to have second baby, and enroll in GRCC, Anthony is graduate, working, trying to deal with his mom, and is a team player the Kalamazoo explorer program going to attend GRCC too.Jacob is busy still in school, giving April a run for her money and soon to be 12 year old. I tried to keep our promise, Irene and I been connected at the hips to your children. Amen.Some of your KPS Officer have not left Jacob side and Anthony. We just need someone to reach out to Alexis.Take Care loving mom

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