Patrolman Robert John Ahrens

Patrolman Robert John Ahrens

Mount Clemens Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, November 1, 1973

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Robert John Ahrens

Patrolman Robert Ahrens was shot and killed at 5:00 p.m. after responding to a holdup alarm at the Time Shop jewelry store.

He entered the store alone and was shot and killed by five suspects who were in the process of robbing the store. He was able to wound one of the suspects before one of the other men shot him again. One of the suspects was later shot and killed during a standoff.

Three other suspects, two men and a woman, were apprehended and sentenced to life in prison. Another accomplice was not charged since he was convicted of murder for shooting Sergeant Alvis P. Morris, Jr.

Patrolman Ahrens had served with the Mount Clemens Police Department for four years. He was survived by his expectant wife and two children.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 22

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Patrolman Ahrens,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Mount Clemens. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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November 1, 2023

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