Police Officer Dayton A. Winegar

Police Officer Dayton A. Winegar

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, March 8, 1930

Dayton A. Winegar

Officer Dayton Winegar was shot and killed while chasing three robbery suspects.

Officer Winegar was on patrol when he observed a youth run out of a haberdashery store at 7313 Jos Campau with an employee running after him. The store owner had been slugged and robbed. As the suspect made his escape along with two other youths in a automobile, Officer Winegar commandeered a citizens vehicle and had the driver pursue as he stood on the running board. In an alley near St. Aubin Street, the suspects abandoned their vehicle and fled on foot with Officer Winegar continuing the pursuit on foot close behind. As Officer Winegar followed the suspects into a near-by grocery store, one of the suspects turned and shot him in the head, killing him instantly.

The suspect, a 17 year-old youth, was arrested at his girl-friends home a few hours later. The other two suspects, ages 16 and 20, were also eventually apprehended.

Officer Winegar's murderer was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. He was paroled from Jackson State Prison June 23, 1955.

Officer Winegar had served with the Detroit Police Department for six years. He was assigned to the Old Hunt Street Station, (7th Precinct). He was survived by his wife and two sons. Officer Winegar's grandson was a Detroit Police Officer who is now retired. Upon entering the Detroit Police Academy, he was presented with his grandfather's badge which he proudly wore during a very distinguished career.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 1742

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1955

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Well it has been 87 long year since you made the ultimate sacrifice. Having spent my lifetime wearing your badge 1742 as a Detroit Police officer, now my son, your great grand son, David Dayton Winegar, named after you, is attending the Montgomery, AL police academy to become a Montgomery, AL police officer. He is true blue and following into our footsteps. He had a meritorious career retiring from the USAF as a Master Sergeant with multiple medals, from his 24 year military career with many foreign tours. He retired from Maxwell AFB and purchased his home for his family there. I wish he would come back to Michigan, but as he says, AL has been his home for many years now, and he loves the area and people and so does his family. He will make a good police officer. Another relative, our nephew, Eric Below, was sworn in as a police officer with the City of Warren, MI this past April. He too is following the police career. Heck, I must have done something right as an example to my son and nephew. Our great nephew, Joel Bolde, in Burbank, CA is a cadet in the summer program with the City of Burbank, CA. He wants to be a police officer with a K-9 unit later on after he finishes college and academy. We'll have a family of law enforcement later on patrolling the streets of heaven. Your proud grandson, Retired Officer David J. Winegar.

Retired Officer David J. Winegar #1742
Detroit Police Department

June 13, 2017

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