Officer Down: Officer James D. Fezatte

Officer Down: Officer James D. Fezatte - [Millbrook, Alabama]

Age: 41

Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Incident Details: Officer James Fezatte was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a civil disturbance call at approximately 10:50 pm. His patrol car left the roadway during a period of heavy rain and struck a tree on Main Street.

Officer Fezatte had served with the agency for 1 year. He is survived by his wife and two children.

End of Watch: Saturday, March 29, 2008

Ala. officer dies in crash responding to call

The Associated Press

MILLBROOK, Ala. — A Millbrook police officer was killed when his vehicle struck a tree while he was responding to a civil disturbance call in heavy rain, police said.

James D. Fezatte, 41, was the first Millbrook officer killed in the line of duty, according to a department news release.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident, which occurred at about 10:51 p.m. Saturday. Fezatte’s vehicle apparently hydroplaned and left the road, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“This is the first officer that our department has lost in the line of duty since its inception, and it’s going to be hard on us all,” Millbrook Police Chief Kenneth Bradley said in a statement. “We will be here to support his family and lean on each other to get through this.”

Fezatte joined the force in September 2007 shortly after retiring from the Air Force, said P.K. Johnson, assistant police chief.
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