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Police Officer Joseph M. Soulliere | Detroit Police Department, Michigan Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer

Joseph M. Soulliere

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Thursday, December 3, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Soulliere was shot and killed and his partner was seriously wounded when they interrupted a service station holdup. The officers returned fire and killed one of three suspects. The other two were captured minutes later and charged with murder.

Murder charges were dismissed against the other two suspects when it was discovered that they were not associated with the suspect who was killed and they did not fire their weapons. It was also discovered that they did not even know the suspect that was killed. They were still charged with armed robbery. Ironically they attempted to rob the service station at the same moment the other suspect did.

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Officer Soulliere,
Sir, even though it's been over 43 years since your End of Watch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Detroit. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol
December 12, 2013


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