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

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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

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 had served with the Detroit Police Department for four years at the time of the shooting. 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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Dear Uncle Bob, as he was known to me and my siblings. A close friend and fellow officer of my father I remember his laugh, his unquenchable spirit, and his unyielding friendship. You are missed.

As he and my father used to say - love ya dig ya!

John Gallagher Jr. a.k.a. Little Wrench
Son of Detroit/Sterling Heights Police Officer John W. Gallagher
November 8, 2015


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