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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I worked with Doug in the North Central Detective Division. He was a fine and brave detective who took on two armed bar robbers with his 2-inch gun and made the ultimate sacrifice. May he Rest in Peace!

Andrew P. Sutor
Detective, NCDD Philadelphia Police Department

June 19, 2022

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