Detroit Police Chief James E. Craig has reported that Officer Patrick Hill died as a result of injuries he sustained in the pursuit of a murder suspect about 6 months ago.

April 2, Officer Hill and his partner, Sgt. Jeffrey Pacholski, were following a murder suspect and attempted to stop the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect, Matthew Joseph, refused to stop.  Joseph’s vehicle was boxed in and forcibly brought to a stop between two patrol vehicles.

The suspect opened fire on officers from within his vehicle, striking Officer Hill in the head and also injuring his partner.  Joseph fled on foot and was killed by other pursuing officers.

Officer Hill was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital where he remained in critical condition until succumbing to his injuries about 7:30 pm Saturday.

Officer Hill’s wife, who is a physician’s assistant at St. Joseph Hospital, took an unpaid leave of absence to care for her husband who remained in a coma from the time he was shot.

BATFE Agent Donald Dawkins stated that Hill was “One of the good guys”.  Agent Dawkins went on to explain that Officer Hill was part of a Comprehensive Crime Suppression Task Force comprised of officers from BATFE, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Detroit Police Department and the Michigan State Police.

Dawkins advise that this task force searches for the “worst of the worst.”   Matthew Joseph was wanted for a murder on March 28.

Dawkins also stated, “Hill was with us in the office so much, I had forgotten he was with Detroit PD and not ATF…  We are a real family here.”

Officer Hill is survived by his wife and four children ranging from ages 3 to 16.

Officer Patrick Hill – gone, but never forgotten.  EOW:  Saturday, October 19, 2013

“Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX”

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