Patrolman Jerry L. Hartless

Patrolman Jerry L. Hartless

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, January 31, 1988

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Jerry L. Hartless

Patrolman Jerry Hartless succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained three weeks earlier during a foot pursuit in the area of Ozark Street and Ocean View Boulevard.

He and another officer were on patrol when Patrolman Hartless noticed a wanted gang member standing on a corner. The suspect fled on foot when Patrolman Hartless approached him.

As Patrolman Hartless caught up to the suspect the man produced a 9 mm handgun and opened fire, striking him in the forehead.

Patrolman Hartless was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the San Diego Police Department for nine months. He was survived by his wife.

Bio

  • Age 24
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, January 9, 1988
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Case never solved

foot pursuit, gang member, warrant service

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I’m I remember like it was yesterday . Sitting in the jury chair 11. It was the longest trial ever. Six gang members each with an attorney. Deliberations took three weeks. I’ll always remember how much love for you was in the courtroom. You must have been a very special policeman. We need you now as we needed you then.

Jury forewoman, Christine

January 2, 2020

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