Officer Elza P. Fitzpatrick, Jr.

Officer Elza P. Fitzpatrick, Jr.

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Thursday, December 6, 1956

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Elza P. Fitzpatrick, Jr.

Officer Elza Fitzpatrick was shot and killed near the intersection of Whittier Boulevard and Santa Gertrudes Avenue, in Whittier, while investigating an abandoned vehicle that had been used in a robbery.

While on the scene the suspect returned in a taxi cab. As the suspect reached for a revolver a struggle ensued and Officer Fitzpatrick was shot and killed. Deputies who arrived on the scene shot the suspect.

The 37-year-old suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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"Pat" lived down the street from us in Whittier, CA. On December 6 1956, my Dad and I were out when we met with Pat. He was heading home for dinner at the time. Imagine the thrill for this nine-year-old boy, when Pat gave me a ride home in his patrol car.

My parents sat me down the next day and told me he'd been killed in the line of duty later that night.

I never forgot him nor did I forget the circumstances that took his life. There's no question he inspired me to survive.

Deputy Carl McLelland, 0468, retired
Washoe Co. Sheriff's Office, Reno, NV

February 27, 2021

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