Patrolman Gerald T. DiJoseph

Patrolman Gerald T. DiJoseph

Bridgeport Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Friday, November 28, 1980

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Gerald T. DiJoseph

Patrolman DiJoseph was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on James Street. The suspect was able to gain control of Patrolman DiJoseph's service weapon and shot him in the head.

The suspect fled the scene and remained at large for seven months. He was apprehended by a member of the New York City Police Department following a vehicle pursuit. On February 9, 1987, he was found not guilty. No one else has ever been charged.

Patrolman DiJoseph had served with the Bridgeport Police Department for 11.5 years. He was buried in St. Michael's Cemetery in Stratford, Connecticut. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 11 years, 7 months
  • Badge 218

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Acquitted

traffic stop

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I never knew you, but every year I read your memorial in the paper.

I just wanted to take the time to say....... " THANK YOU" to you and all the Police. For the work you do, and what you deal with on a daily basis. May the Lord surround you with a thousand angels when you are out on patrol. And that hedge of protection protect you at all times.

My uncle was a Bridgeport Policeman. His name was Joseph Paul. He was on the force in the
60's, 70's.

Lisa Winkel

November 28, 2021

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