SJPD Fallen Officers

Officer Jeffrey Fontana

1977 - 2001

Killed in the Line of Duty October 28, 2001

We Honor the Sacrifice He Made

On October 28, 2001, Officer Fontana was assigned as “71A4” in Southern Division. At 0415 hours, Officer Fontana and one of his teammates were traveling Eastbound on Blossom Hill Road when the other officer noticed that Officer Fontana was no longer behind him.

It was later assumed that Officer Fontana saw a suspicious vehicle and changed course to investigate. Officer Fontana followed the vehicle into a residential neighborhood.  The vehicle made three consecutive right turns and pulled onto Calle Almaden, a dead-end street.  Officer Fontana used his patrol vehicle to block its escape path. As Officer Fontana approached the vehicle, the suspect, fired one shot from a handgun, fatally striking Officer Fontana.  The suspect then fled the scene on foot.

Shortly after, a 9-1-1 call was received from a resident on Calle Almaden reporting that an officer was down. Officer Fontana was the first unit assigned by Communications to respond to the call.  When he did not respond to the radio traffic, arriving units responded and found him lying next to his patrol vehicle. Officer Fontana was pronounced dead a short time later.

Officer Fontana was the eleventh San Jose Police Officer killed in the line of duty.

We would like to remember Officer Jeffrey Fontana with a moment of silence.
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