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 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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47 years ago on this day, the citizens of Philadelphia lost a dedicated Detective, Douglas Alexander. His Family lost an honorable man. Thank you, dear Detective Alexander for your courage & commitment to the PPD & to the citizens of Philadelphia. I still have the Philadelphia Inquirer news story, dated February 17, 1972 written by ADA William H. Wolf, Jr. who had known Doug for 13 years. The INQUIRER's lead-in to the story reads: 'Slain last Wednesday, Douglas Alexander was a Cop's Cop. His character & philosophy shine through a text prepared by an Assistant DA'.

The ADA's testament paid tribute to the character, fairness & respect that Detective Alexander held true to during his career as a member of the Philadelphia Police Department. And to his love of Family. Although I never had the privilege of meeting Detective Alexander myself, in all these years I read this article now & then and think about the young Philadelphia Police recruits who were guided by this good man. Rest in the Peace you have earned, Doug Alexander. Thank you for your dedicated service, dear Detective. You have never been forgotten, nor is your Family. We honor your memory.

My hope & prayer is that his Family knows he is not forgotten

Mary Ellen Auman
Wife & Mother of Philadelphia Police Officers

February 9, 2019

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