Officer Michael J. Dowd, Jr.

Officer Michael J. Dowd, Jr.

Somerville Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Tuesday, June 24, 1947

Michael J. Dowd, Jr.

Officer Michael Dowd succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained 12 days earlier while questioning an intoxicated man.

Officer Dowd had been checking the door and windows of a liquor store when he came across the subject. While being questioned, the man suddenly produced a gun and shot him in the side, inflicting a mortal wound.

The suspect fled the scene as Officer Dowd made his way to a call box. He was able to report the incident to responding officers. The subject escaped and was never apprehended.

Officer Dowd was a WWI veteran and had served with the Somerville Police Department for 27 years.

Bio

  • Age 57
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, June 12, 1947
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Never apprehended

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And now you're gone 69 years. For your service to the Nation and the Commonwealth, I once again, thank you, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

June 24, 2016

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