Detective Douglas J. Alexander

Detective Douglas J. Alexander

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, February 9, 1972

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 suspects were captured the next day.

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 Apprehended

off duty, robbery

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I found this page completely by accident, but am glad that I did. Detective Alexander (PopPop) was my grandfather. Although I was only 8 when he was killed, I remember that day like it was yesterday. He will always be in my heart and never forgotten. Thank you all for the kind words.

Tanya L Alexander-Smith

September 14, 2018

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