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 is survived by his wife and three children.

He was buried in St. Michael's Cemetery in Stratford, Connecticut.


  • 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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Ray, I remember this so well because I was the St. Vincent's trauma tech who performed CPR on Officer DiJoseph that night. We refused to give up on him that night and although I was tired and drenched in sweat, I refused relief, performing CPR for what seemed like hours. Being from NYC I would NOT give up and when it was finally called, the tears wear running down my cheeks. Some years later I attended a mass for a retired Policeman in Bridgeport and was recognized by a fellow officer as that Trauma Tech. Having members of Bridgeport's Finest shake my hand filled me with pride, and memories of that fateful night. RIP Officer DiJoseph, from one who will never forget...

Jeff Mills

Jeff Mills

January 24, 2023

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