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Police Officer John Gordon | Detroit Police Department, Michigan Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer

John Gordon

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Friday, January 2, 1914

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 2 years, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Apprehended

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Police Officer John Gordon was shot and killed while attempting to arrest five men who had just committed several robberies in the area.

Shortly after receiving a lookout for the men, Officer Gordon spotted the group at the intersection of Clinton Street and Dubois Street. As he approached them two of the subjects immediately opened fire.

Despite being mortally wounded, Officer Gordon was able to call for help. He was taken to a local hospital where he was able to identify for of the five suspects before dying later in the morning.

Two of the subjects were eventually sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Gordon had served with the Detroit Police Department for 2-1/2 years and was assigned to the Hunt Street Station. He was survived by his wife.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 98th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect, not even 98 years.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
January 3, 2012


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