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Officer Michael J. Dowd, Jr. | Somerville Police Department, Massachusetts Somerville Police Department, Massachusetts


Michael J. Dowd, Jr.

Somerville Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 24, 1947

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 57

Tour: 27 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/12/1947

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Never apprehended

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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.

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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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