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Police Officer Gilbert T. Stocker | Detroit Police Department, Michigan Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer

Gilbert T. Stocker

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Monday, July 31, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: Not available

Badge # 3057

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .32 caliber carbine

Offender: Sentenced to 12 to 19 years

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Officer Stocker was shot and killed by a 19 year old youth while attempting to question him about a stolen rifle. The suspect opened fire through his front door as soon as Officer Stocker and three other officers knoched on the door and identified themselves as police officers. Officer Stocker was shot in the head and another officer was critically wounded. The suspect was captured as he fled from his apartment.

The suspect was convicted of manslaughter and felonious assault and sentenced to 12 to 19 years in prison on December 19, 1972. He was paroled on July 22, 1981.

Officer Stocker was survived by his wife and three children.

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I knew Gil From St. Rita High School. His passing left a huge loss in this world. Men of his caliber were and are rare, ask any of the officers that worked with him. Rest in Peace Brother.

Sergeant Patrick Opipari, Retired
Detroit Police Department
August 7, 2017


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