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 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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Officer Fitzpatrick,
I wish you were here to honestly tell me the truth. I am Katrina's oldest daughter and my younger sister, does not have the same father as me I've read Katrina's journals and she mentioned you and one of the journals that you were having an affair with her. You told her that you were not going to leave your wife and kids for her and then she became pregnant with my sister. I'm sorry if this hurts anybody but what is done in the dark is always brought to light. So, Offer Fitzgerald you have a daughter that is 33 years old, she has 3 kids. Think about all the stuff you missed out on of her life because you didn't want to be tangled up in this affair that you supposedly had with my mother Katrina. So just so your wife and kids know that they have another sibling out there. I am sorry if this is hurting anybody in his family but please take a minute and realize what my sister has been going through her whole life. She got taken away from Katrina because Allen was very abusive and you could have prevented that being that you were a police officer. RIP.

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August 15, 2018

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