Police Officer Jerome J. Olshove

Police Officer Jerome J. Olshove

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Tuesday, July 25, 1967

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Jerome J. Olshove

Police Officer Jerome Olshove was shot and killed with another officer's shotgun in a struggle shortly after midnight during the 1967 Detroit Riots.

He had responded to a looting call at the A&P Store at 121 Holbrook Street and encountered a suspect. The suspect attempted to wrestle away another officer's shotgun when it discharged, killing Officer Olshove. More than 80 officers were injured during the riots and two firefighters were killed.

The suspect was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to prison. He was paroled May 9, 1975.

Officer Olshove, a U.S. Army veteran, served eight years on the force and won 20 citations during his tenure. He was the only officer to die during the riots. Officer Olshove was survived by his wife, two daughters, and son.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's shotgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1975

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I was 17, the oldest of 5 brothers and 3 sisters, and I was asked to care for the Olshove's baby while his widow and family attended his funeral. One of my regular babysitting families had recommended me to them.
The memory that stands out the most is the profound sadness I felt seeing everyone dressed in black with silent tears in their eyes. So many people being brave for each other. I remembered singing to their little girl and thinking that all of her memories of her Daddy would be those of her Mom and family. It was the first time I was a part of a family's death experience.

Gail Hool
One time babysitter

June 22, 2017

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