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Detective Lieutenant Philip Ellenstein | Detroit Police Department, Michigan Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Detective Lieutenant

Philip Ellenstein

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Monday, January 31, 1921

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 52

Tour: 25 years, 6 months

Badge # 348

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life in prison

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Lieutenant Ellenstein, Lieutenant Morris and Sergeant Husken were all shot when they went to investigate a burglar alarm that had been triggered at the Morton Bond Company. When they arrived they were met with gunfire and Lieutenant Ellenstein was killed. Lieutenant Morris was removed to the hospital where he died two days later.

Sergeant Husken was taken to a local hospital with bullets in his spine and abdomen. He survived the injuries, though, and was able to identify the suspects, who were sentenced to life in prison. For several years after the shooting, Sergeant Husken worked at police headquarters, since his paralyzed left leg prevented him from performing patrol duties. Eventually he was placed on the permanent sick list. He died in 1943. Doctors said the bullet wounds he suffered 22 years earlier caused his death.

Lieutenant Ellenstein had served with the agency for 25.5 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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Detective Lieutenant David Morris
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End of Watch: Wednesday, February 2, 1921
Cause: Gunfire

Detective Sergeant Joseph P. Husken
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End of Watch: Saturday, April 17, 1943
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Today, January 31, 2016 marks the 95th year of your death in the line of duty protecting the citizens of Detroit. A memorial candle burns in my home in honor of your memory and your ultimate sacrifice. You are not forgotten.
Detective Lieutenant Philip Ellenstein. Faithful to his duty.

Philip Samuels
January 31, 2016


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