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Police Officer Edward Pakula, Jr. | Detroit Police Department, Michigan Detroit Police Department, Michigan

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Edward Pakula, Jr.

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 16, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Died in prison

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Officer Pakula and Sergeant Leonard Todd were shot and killed after responding to a call of a barricaded gunman. As soon as they arrived at the gunman's residence they were met with a hail of bullets. Two other officers were seriously wounded before the suspect was talked into giving himself up. The suspect had been under psychiatric care for several months.

The suspect pleaded guilty to one count of second degree murder and was sentenced to 40 to 80 years on June 4, 1974. He died in prison June 27, 1975.

Officer Pakula had served with the Detroit Police Department for four years. He had also served his country as a US Marine. He was survived by his wife and child.

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Sergeant Leonard M. Todd
Detroit Police Department, Michigan
End of Watch: Wednesday, January 16, 1974
Cause: Gunfire

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