Patrol Officer John David Hetland

Patrol Officer John David Hetland

Racine Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Monday, June 17, 2019

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John David Hetland

Patrol Officer John Hetland, who was off duty was shot and killed while intervening in an armed robbery at 9:40 pm.

He observed the robbery occurring outside of a bar at 1936 Lathrop Avenue and took immediate police action. The subject opened fire, fatally wounding him. The subject then fled the scene and remained at large until being captured 10 days later. The man was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, armed robbery, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Officer Hetland had served with the Racine Police Department for 24 years and was preparing for retirement. He is survived by his two children and his parents.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 24 years
  • Badge 1928

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Charged with homicide

off duty, robbery

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On behalf of the U.S. Attorney, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and support staff for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, we honor law enforcement officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. During National Police Week the focus is even greater that we never forget the officers and their families. Today, May 20, 2023, we honor and remember you Officer John David Hetland . Rest in Peace.

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