Police Officer Frank Powley

Police Officer Frank Powley

Pontiac Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, August 7, 1926

Add to My Heroes

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

Most Recent Reflection

View all 7 Reflections

90 years ago you were a husband and father. You went to work each day to serve your community. Your son loved and admired you. He was only four, and I can imagine you tossing him up in the air, taking him fishing, and going on adventures. In a few short months your life would be senselessly taken.
Tonight I am making a small memorial of you for my husband's shelf at work. He too is a husband and father. He too goes to work every day and serves his community. His children love and admire him. He tosses them in the air, teaches them to play baseball, and takes them on adventures. We never know when he walks out the door, if like you, his life will senselessly be taken. He too, is an officer.
We remember you, and all the other men and women who have fallen in the line of duty. Thank you for your service.

Jennifer Dray
Frank Powley's Great-Granddaughter

April 12, 2016

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.