Patrolman VanBuren Quarles

Patrolman VanBuren Quarles

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, January 10, 1943

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VanBuren Quarles

Patrolman VanBuren Quarles succumbed to injuries he sustained as he and another officer struggled with a suspect.

Patrolman Quarles and a second officer responded to a disturbance call on Oct. 18, 1941, regarding a fight at 3426 Junction Avenue and were attacked as they attempted to arrest the suspect.

During the arrest attempt, Patrolman Quarles was kicked in the chest and stomach. The injuries caused him to suffer severe stomach ailments, and he died after undergoing corrective surgery.

Patrolman Quarles was assigned to the Sixth Precinct. He was survived by his wife, three children, four brothers, and four sisters.


  • Age 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 491

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Saturday, October 18, 1941
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available


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Patrolman Quarles,
On the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Detroit. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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January 17, 2023

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