Police Officer Frank X. Siemion

Police Officer Frank X. Siemion

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, February 25, 1982

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Frank X. Siemion

Officer Siemion was shot and killed as he and several other officers investigated a burglary call at a liquor store at 6800 E. Lafayette Street. Officer Siemion, the first officer to enter the building, was shot by a 19-year-old youth.

Officer Siemon had climbed security scaffolding and entered the store through a window. He encountered one of the bandits in a vacant apartment about the store and handcuffed him. He then kicked open the door to a bathroom where a second suspect was hiding. The man second suspect fired one shot, which struck Officer Siemion in this bulletproof vest but also grazed his upper seam and hit his badge. The bullet penetrated Officer Siemion's upper chest and deflected downward toward his heart. Responding officers were unable to force the door open and had to climb into the damaged window and pass their fellow officer down through a human chain to a waiting window. He died during surgery five hours later.

The suspect, along with two accomplices, were apprehended at the scene and charged with Officer Siemion's murder.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended


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Officer Siemion,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Detroit. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 25, 2022

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