Detective Douglas J. Alexander

Detective Douglas J. Alexander

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, February 9, 1972

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Douglas J. Alexander

Detective Douglas Alexander was shot and killed by one of two men while attempting to stop a robbery of a bar while off duty. In an exchange of gunfire, he was hit in the face with a shotgun blast. He shot one of the suspects in the hip. Both 29-year-old suspects were captured the next day.

Both suspects, heroin addicts with long criminal records, were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life.

Detective Alexander was a U.S Army veteran and had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 20-1/2 years.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 20 years, 5 months
  • Badge 892
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 16 gauge
  • Offender Sentenced to life

off duty, robbery

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Another year has passed, dear Detective since that day when you showed immediate courage, in drawing your weapon to protect others in the establishment, while you were off duty. It is the hope of all our Police Families that your Family knows you have not been & will not be forgotten and that you are held in our hearts as the years go by.

Our thoughts also extend to every Family member of every Fallen Officer on this site, across our Nation, who has given the ultimate sacrifice in the hope you all know your Family Heroes are held in the hearts of others who care deeply. To say 'thank you' doesn't even begin to cover the respect & sorrow in our hearts. We continue to honor the beloved memory of all of you.

Mary Ellen Auman
Wife & Mother of Philadelphia Police Department Officers

February 9, 2020

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