Detective Jeremy Stephen Bitner

Detective Jeremy Stephen Bitner

Englewood Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Monday, May 28, 2012

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Jeremy Stephen Bitner

Detective Jeremy Bitner was struck and killed by a drunk driver while making a traffic stop at the intersection of South Broadway Street, and East Belleview Avenue at approximately 12:05 am.

During the initial stop, he had the driver exit the vehicle. As the two stood in the roadway next to the car, a drunk driver sideswiped Detective Bitner's patrol car and then struck him and the other driver, throwing them both approximately 50 feet. A witness to the collision called 911 and followed the drunk driver as he fled the scene in his vehicle. Officers from the Littleton Police Department arrested him several minutes after the crash due to the witness' actions. The drunk driver pleaded guilty in February 2013 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Detective Bitner and the citizen were both transported to Swedish Medical Center in critical condition. The officer succumbed to his injuries approximately 11 hours later.

Detective Bitner was a U.S. Army veteran who had served with the Englewood Police Department for 7-1/2 years and previously served with the Elbert County Sheriff's Office for six months. He is survived by his wife and two children.

He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Detective by the Chief of Police at his funeral service.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 04-07
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 10 years

DUI, traffic stop

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Det. Bitner,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the Gulf War in 1991. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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