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Police Officer Jerome J. Olshove | Detroit Police Department, Michigan Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer

Jerome J. Olshove

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 25, 1967

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's shotgun

Offender: Paroled in 1975

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Police Officer Jerome Olshove was shot and killed with another officer's shotgun in a struggle shortly after midnight during the 1967 Detroit Riots.

He had responded to a looting call on Holbrook Street and encountered a suspect. The suspect attempted to wrestle away another officer's shotgun when it discharged, killing Officer Olshove. Over 80 officers were injured during the riots and two firefighters were killed.

The suspect was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to prison. He was paroled May 9, 1975.

Officer Olshove was a U.S. Army veteran. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, and son.

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I was 17, the oldest of 5 brothers and 3 sisters, and I was asked to care for the Olshove's baby while his widow and family attended his funeral. One of my regular babysitting families had recommended me to them.
The memory that stands out the most is the profound sadness I felt seeing everyone dressed in black with silent tears in their eyes. So many people being brave for each other. I remembered singing to their little girl and thinking that all of her memories of her Daddy would be those of her Mom and family. It was the first time I was a part of a family's death experience.

Gail Hool
One time babysitter
June 22, 2017


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