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 I grew up together at 2nd Presbyterian Church. He was in my wedding in 1967. We were friends as long as I can remember. I think of him often and visit his grave from time to time. He was a great person and a great friend.


June 27, 2020

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