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Police Officer Richard Daniel Scalf | Detroit Police Department, Michigan Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer

Richard Daniel Scalf

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Friday, February 5, 1999

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 2776

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Richard Scalf was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect in a prostitution sting. The suspect was the passenger in a truck who had propositioned a female officer posing as a prostitute.

The female officer signaled the five backup officers, who then stopped the suspect's truck. When the truck stopped, Officer Scalf and Officer Diaz Graves had the occupants line up against the vehicle for a search. During this time the passenger reached into his pants, retrieved a gun and opened fire, striking Officer Graves in the head and critically wounding him.

Officer Scalf took a defensive position next to a nearby truck and exchanged fire with the suspect. One of the suspect's rounds struck Officer Scalf in the hand, severing a finger and causing him to drop his service weapon. As he reached down to retrieve his service weapon another round struck him in the left shoulder, through a gap in his vest. The suspect then ran, but other officers on the scene returned fire, killing the suspect.

Officer Scalf succumbed to his wounds while being transported to a local hospital.

Officer Scalf had served with the agency for 3 years. He is survived by his parents, two brothers, sister-in-law, niece and nephew.

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He was a great man! Brave and always willing to help. He was not only a brother in blue, but also a friend. You are always remembered and never forgotten. Your sacrifice was not in vain

PO Ivan Puentes
May 19, 2017


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