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.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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July 7 , 1991 I had just returned home from a camping trip and dropped my girlfriend off at her home, and planned on returning to pick her up after unpacking my car. I pulled up to my house that was located in the quiet farm town of Pittsford Michigan. We always left our doors unlocked and never worried about anyone invading our home. I started unpacking my car and entered the house with my suit case in hand. I then saw my grandmother laying on the couch sleeping; I shut the front door only to have my grandmother ask me to leave it open because of the heat. I opened the door and turned to pick up my bag. The door suddenly slammed shut behind me. I turned around and infront of me was a man holding a pistol to my head, threatening to shoot me if I did not turn over the keys to my grandmother's car. I told the man "relax I'll give you the keys to my car". After we located the keys, I was able to calm the man by asking him if he was hungry or needed anything. I explained to him that I had been in trouble before, hoping to build a little rapport with him as he ate. I searched for any opportunity to take this guy out, but was unsuccessful. The man kept his distance from me. After he finished eating, he removed the phone from our wall and took money off the dinning room table. He wore a long, black trench coat. The man pointed his gun at me once again and stated " I'm going to take you out to the barn and shoot you" as we walked out I told my grandmother I loved her and not to open the door again. We made our way to the barn, which the man must have scoped out prior, since he already knew there was another phone in the barn. He ordered me to remove the phone from the wall at gun point. I began to give him some shit, I was young and cocky, not knowing he was a killer. Things turned quickly when he reminded me how serious he was, with a swift pistol whip to the forehead. I removed the phone from the wall and handed it to him. The man turned and walked out of the barn and told me, " When you call the cops, tell them 'cop killer' was here." The man climbed into my grandmother's car, which she pulled into the driveway for him since she had left $300 in the ashtray. When he began to leave, I ran as fast as I could to the house and grabbed my Remington 30-06. As he pulled out of the driveway, I was able to fire three rounds off at him before my grandmother pulled me to the ground. We headed to the neighbor's home to use their phone and could contact the police. While giving the description of the man to the state troopers, I heard them say, "this sounds like the man who killed a state trooper today." It wasn't until later that I found out, the man killed was Trooper Kermit Fitzpatrick.

Correction Officer Michael Lennox

July 5, 2019

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