Detective Jeremy Stephen Bitner

Detective Jeremy Stephen Bitner

Englewood Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Monday, May 28, 2012

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 plead 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. He had served with the Englewood Police Department for 7-1/2 years and had previously served with the Elbert County Sheriff's Office for six months. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Detective by the Chief of Police at his funeral service, he is survived by his wife and two children.

Bio

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

Incident Details

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

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John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 18, 2018

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