Trooper Kermit Fitzpatrick

Trooper Kermit Fitzpatrick

Michigan State Police, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, July 7, 1991

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Kermit Fitzpatrick

Trooper Kermit Fitzpatrick was shot and killed during a traffic stop on the Jeffries Freeway in Detroit.

As he approached the vehicle the driver produced a .22 caliber handgun and fired six times, striking Trooper Fitzpatrick in the jaw, in the chest twice, and in the leg. Two additional shots were stopped by his bullet proof vest.

The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to life in solitary confinement and hard labor without the possibility of parole.

Trooper Fitzpatrick was survived by his wife.

Bio

  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I knew Kermit at WMU when I worked in the cafeteria. He was so kind...gentle giant. I remember I was in charge of the turnstyle and didn't open it fast enough causing him to crash into it. I apologized--he was so gracious. I remember how sweet he was...will not forget. His family must have been so proud of him. I am so sorry for their loss.

Kitty Soma
WMU classmate

August 1, 2021

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