In honor of Officer John Covelesk, Badge #70

In honor of OfficerJohn Covelesk, Badge #70, the flags at the San Jose Police Department will be flown at half staff on November 15, 2013.



On the night of November 15, 1950 Officer Covelesk was working a midnight walking beat in the downtown area. Officer Covalesk located a door at 42 East San Fernando that had been pried open. As Officer Covelesk entered the building, the suspect, who had been hiding inside, opened fire from 4-5 feet away striking Officer Covalesk twice in the chest. As he was going down, Officer Covalesk drew his revolver and returned fire 6 times striking the suspect twice.  The suspect then stood over the still-conscious Officer Covalesk and fired one more round killing him.


Officer Covelesk was the third San Jose Police Officer killed in the line of duty.