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Police Officer Shawn Phillip Bandy | Detroit Police Department, Michigan Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer

Shawn Phillip Bandy

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Sunday, December 6, 1998

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 427

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/5/1998

Weapon: Rifle; AK-47

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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Officer Shawn Bandy succumbed to gunshot wounds the day after being shot in the head twice by automatic gunfire. Officer Bandy and two other officers were attempting to stop a van wanted in connection with an abduction earlier in the day.

As they were attempting to stop the vehicle a suspect in the back opened fire on the cruisers, striking all three officers. Officer Bandy was the passenger of the first marked cruiser when he was struck in the head by two of the rounds. The driver of the second unmarked vehicle was struck in the head by one of the rounds, and his partner was injured by flying glass.

Four of the suspects were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. The fifth suspect was sentenced to 5 to 15 years.

Officer Bandy had served with the agency for 4 years. He was survived by his daughter, parents, and brothers.

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I thought about you, and your parents, over Christmas this year. I remembered how profound of a loss that they must've felt during their Christmas holidays annually, for the past 15 years...

I still remember standing in the front row at your graveside, as taps was being played while you were laid to rest. That was one of the absolute worst experiences of my life. I still remember the visceral feeling that I felt as I choked out a tear. That was terrible, and I still vividly remember it.

A few of us have also been shot at, like you were, and we're still here, left to wonder how we were so lucky, and why you weren't on your fateful day.....That fateful day when we heard over the radio '3 officers down'..... Divine intervention is the only legitimate explanation that I can surmise. God had a plan for you, brother, and took you from us far too soon.

You were one genuinely decent guy, and a stand-out cop amongst a group of the very best police officers in the whole country (Detroit Police Officers).

I wish that I could've helped you somehow on that fateful day.

I'll always be proud to have been your brother in blue.


Retired PO
December 29, 2013


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