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Patrolman Douglas Donald Downing | Ypsilanti Police Department, Michigan Ypsilanti Police Department, Michigan

Patrolman

Douglas Donald Downing

Ypsilanti Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Friday, July 11, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/11/1975

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: One shot and killed

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Patrolman Douglas Downing was shot and killed after responding to a holdup alarm at a bank on Michigan Street and Park Street. As Patrolman Downing entered through a rear door he encountered a suspect who was fleeing the bank. The two struggled and Patrolman Downing was shot and killed. Another officer shot and killed one of the three suspects and the other two were apprehended.

Patrolman Downing had served with the agency for 7 years. He was survived by his wife.

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I was just a young teenager the day officer Downing gave his life in the line of duty. I still remember the police cars coming down our street, Parkwood, searching for the fleeing bank robbers. I remember that it was very sobering to me to know that an officer had died. My father helped me understand what had happened. This was a powerful memory from my childhood, so I am trying to learn more about what happened that day and about brave officer Downing who made the ultimate sacrifice. I would like to know more about officer Downing and the details of this event but I am not sure where to look. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. He may be gone but he should not be forgotten.

Douglas Hall
Ypsilanti resident
June 10, 2014

 

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