Police Officer Henry Joseph Mach

Police Officer Henry Joseph Mach

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, December 21, 1947

Henry Joseph Mach

Officer Henry Mach was shot and killed after responding to a report of a disturbance on Cabot Street. When he arrived he encountered a man assaulting another person. He chased the man into a nearby alley but was killed when the man opened fire. The suspect was arrested a short time later, tracked down by the scarf he dropped in the alley. Officer Mach was able to identify the shooter before he died.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on June 30, 1948, but was later paroled.

Officer Mach had served with the Detroit Police Department for 2 years and had previously served with the Merchant Marine's during World War II. He was survived by his wife and child. He was a World War II veteran.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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This Is my brothers father,Im proud of the man he has become.He was a child when this happened.He is here giving me advice In 2014.Thanks to the Detroit Police.

Larry F.

December 21, 2014

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