Police Officer Joseph Patrick Mitchell

Police Officer Joseph Patrick Mitchell

Eureka Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, December 1, 1974

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Joseph Patrick Mitchell

Officer Mitchell was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a burglar alarm call. During the response the vehicle he was riding in struck another car that ran a stop sign. Officer Mitchell and the officer he was responding with were both off duty but were responding because all of the on duty officers were involved in controlling a riot in another part of the city.


  • Age 26
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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It seems so long ago that I and three of my childhood friends, Pat Mitchell, Charlie Swanson and Fred Keplinger, joined the ranks of the Eureka Police Department. Pat and Charlie both died in the line of duty. Fred died (just weeks ago now) from cancer after his retirement as COP in Ukiah, CA. Pat was a gentle kid and left us so early in his career. I can still remember the day that Pat died very vividly.

Barry Brown Chief Investigator, retired
Humboldt County DA's Office

November 26, 2018

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