Officer John R. Hissong, II

Officer John R. Hissong, II

Fresno Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, July 4, 1981

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John R. Hissong, II

Officer John Hissong suffered a fatal attack during a foot pursuit of a vandalism suspect near the intersection of Shaw Street and Fresno Street.

He had responded to a local hotel after receiving reports of vandalism. When he arrived at the hotel he was taken to the rear where the vandalism had taken place.

Officer Hissong located the suspect prior to the arrival of backup officers. He pursued the suspect on foot for approximately 150 feet, at which point he caught the suspect but immediately collapsed on top of the man. Responding officers located Officer Hissong and immediately started CPR. He was transported to St. Agnes Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Hissong had served with the Fresno Police Department for two years and had previously served with the Weld County, Colorado, Sheriff's Office. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available

foot pursuit, vandalism

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I went to high school with Jack,and we played in Rec football league together.A good man,fun to be around.I guess I was just thinking about all these years later.

Dave Dennis

Dave Dennis

December 1, 2020

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