Police Officer Frank Powley

Police Officer Frank Powley

Pontiac Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, August 7, 1926

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Frank Powley

Police Officer Frank Powley was shot and killed by a prisoner escaping from the Pontiac Police headquarters.

He and another man had just been arrested by another officer. The officer walked them to the police headquarters without searching them or handcuffing them. As they approached the booking desk one of the men drew a concealed gun and shot Officer Powley in the abdomen, mortally wounding him.

Officer Powley succumbed to his wounds two days later.

The subject was sentenced to life at hard labor.

Officer Powley was a WWI veteran and had served with the Pontiac Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, August 5, 1926
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Thanks for your service to your community, state and this great nation. You also served your country in WWI which says a lot about who you were. You no doubt saw combat overseas and then came home to protect those in your city. Thanks again for your sacrifice and outstanding service.

James Lopey, Assistant Sheriff (Ret)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office (Reno, Nevada)
Nevada DPS

August 7, 2019

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