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Christopher Fitzgerald biography: 10 things about Temple University police officer

Christopher David Fitzgerald was a police officer from Pennsylvania, United States. Here are 10 more things about him:

  1. He was a resident of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.
  2. He is Dr. Joel J. Fitzgerald Sr. and Pauline Fitzgerald‘s son.
  3. He and his wife Marissa Garcia Fitzgerald have four children.
  4. On August 29, 2014, he noticed a car following him as he drove his fiancée to work. Also in the car was their baby, who was born in 2013. He was accused of pointing a loaded gun at undercover detectives Christopher Cruz and Todd Frey during a road-rage incident on MacArthur Road in Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. He was arrested while he was employed as a corrections officer in Lehigh County.
  5. In 2015, a Lehigh County jury found him not guilty following a trial on charges of simple assault and reckless endangerment. He was represented by Shawn Rodgers. 
  6. On June 24, 2016, he filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office. On March 26, 2017, U.S. District Judge Edward G. Smith dismissed most of his claims, including false arrest, malicious prosecution, conspiracy and improper training by the district attorney’s office.
  7. On September 23, 2017, he and Marissa got married.
  8. In May 2020, his father was appointed chief of police in Waterloo, Iowa, USA.
  9. On October 4, 2021, he joined the university police force of Temple University in Philadelphia.
  10. On February 18, 2023, he intervened in a carjacking and was fatally shot allegedly by Miles Pfeffer, then 18, near Temple University campus. He was 31.

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