Police Officer Giacomo "Jack" Buffa

Police Officer Giacomo "Jack" Buffa

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, February 5, 1986

Giacomo "Jack" Buffa

Officer Jack Buffa and Officer Mark Radden were shot and killed in a case of mistaken identity.

Officer Buffa and his partner, who were in plainclothes, were performing a drug raid a home. At the same time as the raid, Officer Radden and his partner, also in plainclothes, were responding to a reports of a shooting at the same home.

Neither pair of officers knew the other was at the home and when they encountered each other shots were exchanged. Officer Radden and Officer Buffa were both fatally wounded.

Officer Buffa had served with the agency for 13 years. He was survived by his wife, son, parents, brother, and sister.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 1202

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)

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Jack, met up with some of our old Academy classmates today. Know you're still with us all, 44 years later. Can't put our old Narco days to rest without shedding a tear. Rest In Peace my friend.

Al Kirschner (Retired)
Detroit Narcotics

February 20, 2017

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