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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John, your name recently came up in conversation and I pulled up his site. Been a long time since your accident, but I still remember that day. I always looked up to you when we worked at #5. You done good. Thanks.

Sgt. Fred Jorgensen
Detroit MI retired

June 17, 2019

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