Police Officer David L. Friederichsen

Police Officer David L. Friederichsen

Chattanooga Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, June 18, 1978

David L. Friederichsen

Officer Friederichsen and 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 been with the agency for four years and 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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Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

June 19, 2018

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