Detective Doyle Allen Popovich

Detective Doyle Allen Popovich

Sacramento Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, August 3, 1974

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Doyle Allen Popovich

Detective Doyle Popovich was shot and killed and a Yolo County Deputy Sheriff was shot and wounded while attempting to apprehend an auto theft suspect in the city's pocket area. During a struggle the suspect managed to grab Detective Popovich's gun and shot both. An hour later an off-duty Sacramento Police Sergeant, returning to his home on Riverside Boulevard from a shopping trip, apprehended the suspect, 27, in his garage.

On April 9, 1975, the suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. A year later he was tried again, convicted of second degree murder, and sentenced to life.

Detective Popvich was a U.S Navy veteran and had served with the Sacramento Police Department for six years.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

arrest attempt

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

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