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Detective Sergeant Joseph P. Husken | Detroit Police Department, Michigan Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Detective Sergeant

Joseph P. Husken

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Saturday, April 17, 1943

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/31/1921

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life in prison

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Sergeant Husken, Lieutenant Ellenstein and Lieutenant Morris weere 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.

Sergeant Husken was survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Detective Lieutenant Philip Ellenstein
Detroit Police Department, Michigan
End of Watch: Monday, January 31, 1921
Cause: Gunfire

Detective Lieutenant David Morris
Detroit Police Department, Michigan
End of Watch: Wednesday, February 2, 1921
Cause: Gunfire

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Detroit Police Department, Michigan, Detective Sergeant Joseph P. Husken was an Uncle of Mine, through my grand father John P. Husken. I hold so many memories and stories of you. You are forever my hero Uncle Joe.

R.I. P.

Karon Katovich

Geat Neice of Detective Sergeant Joseph
Great Neice
December 6, 2012


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