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Police Officer Robert W. Dooley | Detroit Police Department, Michigan Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer

Robert W. Dooley

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Saturday, September 15, 2012

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 68

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/27/1972

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Police Officer Robert Dooley succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on December 27th, 1972, while he and Officer Robert Bradford were on a stake out searching for three subjects who were wanted in connection with several robberies and shootings of police officers.

The officers observed the three men exit a home and confronted them. When they did so shots were exchanged and Officer Bradford was killed and Officer Dooley was critically wounded.

The subjects fled the scene. Two of them were later shot and killed in two separate shootouts with police officers in Atlanta, Georgia.

Officer Dooley was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He had served with the Detroit Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife.

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Police Officer Robert P. Bradford, Jr.
Detroit Police Department, Michigan
End of Watch: Wednesday, December 27, 1972
Cause: Gunfire

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Officer Dooley,
On today, the 4th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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September 15, 2016


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