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Trooper Albert W. Souden | Michigan State Police, Michigan Michigan State Police, Michigan

Trooper

Albert W. Souden

Michigan State Police, Michigan

End of Watch: Thursday, September 3, 1959

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Paroled in 1972

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Trooper Albert Souden was shot and killed after being abducted by a robbery suspect in Argentine, Michigan.

Trooper Souden had driven to the city to investigate a vehicle seen leaving the area of the robbery. When he knocked on the door the suspect surprised him and gained control of his service weapon. He forced Trooper Souden to drive to a secluded wooded area where he shot him and buried him a shallow grave.

The suspect, an ex-convict sent to prison in 1933 and again in 1940 for armed robbery, was apprehended the next day. The man plead guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 25 years. He was paroled February 11th, 1972. Seven months later he was arrested near Harrison, Michigan, after he broke into a home and shot the owner.

Trooper Souden was survived by his wife and 7-month-old son.

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I was only 12, living in Brighton, Mi. This was big news in the day and ever since Trooper Souden disappeared I've been interested in the police and what they have to deal with. I haven't forgotten him.

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January 9, 2016

 

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