Police Officer Harold G. Roughley

Police Officer Harold G. Roughley

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, May 5, 1919

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Harold G. Roughley

Police Officer Roughley was shot and killed while attempting to investigate a murder that took place earlier in the week.

Officer Roughly, who was in plain clothes, went to the home of a person of interest for questioning at 511 Clinton Street. He was accompanied by other officers who approached the front of the home. He and a partner approached the back of the house and attempted to force entry into the home in order to detain a suspect in the case. The rear door of the home opened a crack and a double-barreled shotgun was used to shoot Officer Roughly.

A suspect was arrested and admitted to the murder.

Officer Roughley had served with the Detroit Police Department for seven years. He had recently rejoined with the Detroit Police after serving overseas in World War I.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 77
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender In custody

homicide investigation

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Officer Roughley,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Detroit.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

May 5, 2019

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