Police Officer Henry G. Puffer

Police Officer Henry G. Puffer

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Tuesday, November 8, 1927

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Henry G. Puffer

Police Officer Henry Puffer was shot and killed when he interrupted five youths robbing a service station at Vinewood and West Warren.

The suspects opened fire on him before he could draw his weapon. Although mortally wounded, he chased the suspects a short distance before collapsing. He was transported to Detroit Receiving Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

One of the suspects was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. Another was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to life. He had shot and killed a drug store clerk a week earlier. He was paroled in 1961 and the other suspect was paroled in 1960. Of the other three, one was sentenced to 5 to 10 years for armed robbery and the other two were sentenced to 3 to 5 years for armed robbery. All five had committed several armed robberies. Neither they nor the police could get an exact count but it was several.

Officer Puffer had served with the Detroit Police Department for two years.

Bio

  • Age Not available
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 85th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 10, 2012

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