In honor of Officer John Covelesk, Badge #70
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.
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