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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 9 years old when this happened, my father, Bruce Dohms was his partner, and with him when this happened. I remember my mom and dad going to the funeral, and saying that it was a funeral like no other. My dad was a police officer for 4 years after that, and in 1979 we moved out west, and never returned to Michigan again. My dad never really spoke of Doug's death much, only when asked, and then he answered, and no more was said. I couldn't imagine the trauma of seeing someone you worked with killed. I hope Doug will always be remembered and that his family has peace.

Debbie Dohms Mauldin
Daughter of father who was on the police force
December 1, 2013

 

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