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 Gerald 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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For the past four years, every time on my way to school, I pass by "Patrolman Gerald T. DiJoseph Way"; a street named in honor of Officer DiJoseph. This sign to me, is a daily reminder of the sacrifices Law Enforcement Officers make on a daily basis, and how they are a key part of the Bridgeport community. Although you passed before I was born, your impact on this city is still huge, and I'd like to thank you. God bless you and your family, you are not forgotten.

Anonymous Bridgeport Teenanger

September 19, 2023

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