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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

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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The riots were a terrible time for Detroit. I was in the city until August. No one expected the violence that resulted from a simple house raid. Things were not good for black people before then-there was housing and job discrimination which caused a lot of resentment. Some good has come of the violence but a lot of the city died and was never resurrected. The bravery of the police and National Guard, etc will always be honored.

Diana Cricks, daughter of retired patrolman John Coy, DPD
October 9, 2013


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