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Sergeant Michael J. Bossuyt | Detroit Police Department, Michigan Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Sergeant

Michael J. Bossuyt

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 8, 1983

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 12 years

Badge # S-1055

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .357 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Sergeant Michael Bossuyt was shot and killed after he stopped two men who were stealing a video game console from an arcade at the intersection of East Forest Avenue and Gratiot Avenue.

The subjects were able to gain control of his service weapon and shot him in the head. They then stole the gun and threw it into Lake St. Clair, where it was later recovered. The suspect was sentenced to life in prison.

Sergeant Bossuyt had been with the agency for 12 years. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, father, and three sisters.

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It always hits home a little more than usual when this date of March 8th, actually falls on the day of the week Mike died on; a Tuesday. Thirty Three years past, it still feels like yesterday. But alas it has been a long time ago now. I wish Mike were still here to joke around with and shoot the breeze with in conversation, because it was always enjoyable.

Karla Schettenhelm
Detroit Neighbor
March 8, 2016

 

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