Remembering Fallen Officer Michael Katherman

Officer Michael J. Katherman, Badge Number 3900

Killed on June 14, 2016, due to an on-duty traffic collision when an errant motorist struck his police motorcycle.

We Honor the Sacrifice He Made

On June 14, 2016, Officer Michael Katherman was assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU). Officer Katherman and other TEU officers were working targeted enforcement in the area of North Tenth Street north of Hedding Street. At approximately 1622 hours, Officer Katherman was traveling northbound on North Tenth Street on his police motorcycle. As he approached Horning Street, a mini van attempted to turn left from southbound North Tenth Street onto eastbound Horning Street. The driver of the mini van did not see Officer Katherman approaching on his motorcycle. The mini van struck Officer Katherman knocking him to the ground.

Several citizens observed the collision and stopped to assist. They used Officer Katherman's police radio to report the accident. Other officers arrived shortly thereafter and with the assistance of citizens, began rendering first aid. Officer Katherman was transported to Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

Officer Katherman was the thirteenth San Jose Police Officer killed in the line of duty. A memorial service was held for Officer Katherman on June 21, 2016 at the SAP Center in San Jose. Approximately 3,500 people attended the service.