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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Sir .
I remember the night you were shot and I happened to be working that night when I pulled up to Los Collinas with three “ B “
girls for booking,
The intake was full and there were other cars with 10-16’s waiting for processing when a an officer from SDPD told me an Officer was down in Southwest SD.
Since our radio systems in the County wasn’t compatible I stayed glued to the radio transmissions from SDPD
My gut hit the floor and I felt helpless.
I returned back to my Dept. and I told everyone in the report writing room what had happened and they were all shocked of the news.
You were the first officer on duty death I attended in my Police career.
My God bless you and your family
GSP ID # 425


June 15, 2022

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