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.


  • 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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Rest in Paradise Jerry. I knew you before you became a police officer. I knew you when you worked at a print shop downtown. You were so creative and talented. When you decided to joint the force, I was surprised because I always thought of you as an amazingly handsome, creative man. You told me you wanted to get married and provide for your new wife. I was proud of you, You were so sensitive and compassionate. I remember bringing you the pictures for my 29 year old brother’s obituary. You handled each picture with care and put together a beautiful program for me. You comforted me. I was traumatized again when you were killed. My last memory of you was going to the hospital. I just wanted to see you. Your mother came out of the room. She put her arms around me as if I were her child and let me cry. She look at me and told me I could not see you. Through my tears I asked why? I pleaded with her and told her what a great friend you were to me, how handsome and strong you were. She told me to hold on to the beautiful memory I have of you. That is how she wanted me to remember you. I am forever grateful to your mother for that gift. You are forever young and handsome in my eyes. God Bless your family. I will remember for as long as I live.

DiAnna Toliver Educational Psychologist
A friend no and forever

June 2, 2020

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