Police Officer Edward Pakula, Jr.

Police Officer Edward Pakula, Jr.

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, January 16, 1974

Edward Pakula, Jr.

Officer Pakula and Sergeant Leonard Todd were shot and killed after responding to a call of a barricaded gunman. As soon as they arrived at the gunman's residence they were met with a hail of bullets. Two other officers were seriously wounded before the suspect was talked into giving himself up. The suspect had been under psychiatric care for several months.

The suspect pleaded guilty to one count of second degree murder and was sentenced to 40 to 80 years on June 4, 1974. He died in prison June 27, 1975.

Officer Pakula had served with the Detroit Police Department for four years. He had also served his country as a US Marine. He was survived by his wife and child.

Bio

  • Age 27
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

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Officer Edward Pakula Jr. will never ever be forgotten. I thank him for his service to our nation as a United States Marine. May his soul rest in Heaven.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police

February 16, 2018

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