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Patrolman Russell Alan Herrick | Burton Police Department, Michigan Burton Police Department, Michigan

Patrolman

Russell Alan Herrick

Burton Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Thursday, May 8, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Russell Herrick was shot and killed as he and his partner responded to a holdup alarm at a store on Davison Road. As the officers approached the front of the store Patrolman Herrick was struck in the back by a shot from a high-powered rifle. His partner was shot in both arms but survived. Two suspects were arrested and charged with first degree murder and assault with intent to murder. Both men were sentenced to life.

Patrolman Herrick had served with the Burton Police Department for 2 years and was survived by his wife and daughter.

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I was working the night it happened, less than a year on the road. Dave Rushton, his partner, sat next to me in the academy and when I learned that Dave was shot, I felt the fear. I've never work another day in uniform without wearing my vest, even now as a chief.

Chief Roger D Squiers
Whitehall Police Department
May 9, 2016

 

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