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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Still in our hearts. I thank you for your service. Your life was a life of service. May God bless you and your family. Blue & Gold all the way.

State Traffic Officer 7185.
California Highway Patrol & US Marine

December 6, 2021

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