Police Officer John James Fitzpatrick

Police Officer John James Fitzpatrick

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, October 9, 1987

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John James Fitzpatrick

Officer Fitzpatrick was struck and killed by a drunk driver while on patrol at Van Dyke and East Outer Drive. The impaired driver ran a red light at 80 mph pushing Officer Fitzpatrick's patrol car across three lanes of traffic.

Officer Fitzpatrick served with the Detroit Police Department for 18 years and was a member of the tactical services section. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 1697

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Not available

drunk driver

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Fitz, You were my assigned partner. You'd been around a few years and knew the ropes. I learned a lot from you. I truly hated your cigars, though.

I met your bride, as you referred to her, only once. What a lovely woman. You gave me a used bicycle for my son. I couldn't afford to purchase one at the time.

It's been over 30 years, but one day I hope to run into you again, Jack.

Police Officer Jim Orlando, Retired
Detroit PD, John's car partner.

July 10, 2022

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