Type of Officer: Police Officer
Death Date: 11/20/1921
Added to Memorial: 1987
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
Officer Fitzpatrick and his partner, Rudy LaCroix, were informed that the notorious Eddie Adams gang was in the Wichita area. When the officers stopped a car for a taillight infraction, they recognized one of the occupants as a member of the Adams gang. Fitzpatrick attempted to apprehend the suspects for questioning, but Adams, who was also in the car, accelerated the vehicle and sped off. One of the gang members, Frank Foster, fired from the car, killing Fitzpatrick. The Adams gang, which had killed Officer A. L. Young in early November, would also be responsible, three days following the Fitzpatrick slaying, for the death of Police Officer Charles Hoffman.