Deputy Sheriff Paul Lee Mickel

Deputy Sheriff Paul Lee Mickel

Wayne County Sheriff's Office, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, November 18, 1973

Paul Lee Mickel

Deputy Sheriff Paul Mickel was shot and killed with his own service revolver by a suspect who had refused to pay for his meal at a restaurant at 12118 Fort Street in Southgate.

The manager of the restaurant knew that Deputy Mickel was a deputy and asked him to intervene when the man began to argue with him. As Deputy Mickel waited for backup officers to arrive, the suspect began to struggle with him. The man gained control of Deputy Mickel's service weapon and shot him.

The suspect who shot Deputy Mickel was sentenced to life in prison. An accomplice was convicted of manslaughter and served 10 years in prison.

Deputy Mickel was single and had served with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office for eight months.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 8 months
  • Badge 367

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

larceny, off duty

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I met Paul when he was a resident dorm advisor at the University of Wyoming. He was a good leader and person.
Currently I am assisting an area city to find a new Police Chief. During this assignment, I have often thought of him. I want to acknowledge that he is not forgotten.

Jim Nuse

September 8, 2015

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