Sergeant Selwyn C. Adams

Sergeant Selwyn C. Adams

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, March 23, 1963

Selwyn C. Adams

Sergeant Selwyn Adams was shot and killed with his own service weapon while making a traffic stop. The man he stopped for reckless driving began to struggle with Sergeant Adams. He was able to obtain the officer's gun and shot him three times. He surrendered to police two hours later.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on March 3, 1964. He died in prison on Febuary 23, 1983.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Died in prison

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Grandpa I did not get the opportunity to know you as I was only an infant when you fell. Your memory is an honor...

with love and respect...your grandchildren

Lori Lee

August 18, 2015

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