San Jose Motorcycle Officer Killed On-duty

June 14, 2016

Officer Michael Katherman was riding his police motorcycle Northbound in San Jose at 4:22pm before a silver minivan attempted to make a left turn when Katherman struck the minivan.

A witness stopped to help Katherman and used his radio to call for assistance. Katherman was taken to an area hospital and was later pronounced dead.

The driver of the minivan cooperated with detectives who were investigating the crash.

Katherman, 34, was an 11-year San Jose police veteran who was married with two sons. He loved riding motorcycles and the motor unit, Chief Eddie Garcia said.

“He loved doing his job,” Garcia said at news conference. “He loved his family. It’s tragic. He put a uniform on, left to go to work, wanted to see his family when he got off, and he didn’t make it.”

Officers will be wearing a black slash over their badges in honor of Katherman, officials said.

officer Katherman

We are saddened to hear of Officer Katherman’s Passing and we send our condolences to his family, the San Jose Police Department, the San Jose Community and all others that knew Officer Katherman.

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