Police Officer Edward Pakula, Jr.

Police Officer Edward Pakula, Jr.

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, January 16, 1974

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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 at 14021 Mayfield Street 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 on June 27, 1975.

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


  • Age 27
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 1906
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

mentally ill

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I became his sisters friend for a short time in the old neighborhood, after her loss. Kathy did get to smile again and when I was 16, she a bit older, she got engaged and moved out of state. I often think of her. I just loved her red hair. Her Mom was also very kind to me in a neighborhood that was not very safe. Miss you sweet girl! Your family gave everything to keep us safe.

Kim Guzek-Bachner
Friend to His Sister

May 18, 2019

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