Detective Joseph B. Friesz

Detective Joseph B. Friesz

East St. Louis Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, February 24, 1924

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Joseph B. Friesz

Detective Joseph Friesz was shot and killed after arresting a robbery suspect. He and another officer had located the man driving a stolen car. After searching the man and the car Detective Friesz ordered the man to drive the car back to the station as the detective rode with him.

When the men arrived at the station the suspect produced a weapon he had hidden in a seat cushion. During the ensuing struggle Detective Friesz was shot twice. Despite being mortally wounded he was able to gain control of the weapon and shot the suspect twice, killing him.

Detective Friesz was survived by his wife.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Rest in Peace, Detective Friesz. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

May 19, 2012

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