Police Officer David L. Friederichsen

Police Officer David L. Friederichsen

Chattanooga Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, June 18, 1978

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David L. Friederichsen

Police Officer David Friederichsen and Police Officer Nelson Hess were shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call.

Two minutes after arriving on the scene, the suspect opened fire, striking them both. The suspect was shot and killed by return gunfire. Officer Hess was killed at the scene, and Officer Friederichsen succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital three days later.

Officer Friederichsen had served with the Chattanooga Police Department for four years. He was survived by his expectant wife.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 319

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, June 15, 1978
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed


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David and Nick were my friends. Nick was working backup car that day He was the k9 car. I was the first officer on the scene that day. I was in auto mode. Just trying to get there quick.. I was Baker 27, investigator CPD. David was a few feet from the door. Nick was in front of the window

Investigator Anthony Flint
Chattanooga PD

March 28, 2023

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