Detective Clarence L. Stadler

Detective Clarence L. Stadler

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, February 16, 1929

Clarence L. Stadler

Detective Clarence Stadler and Detective Lieutenant Benjamin Smith, both in plainclothes, were shot and killed during a shootout with two suspects who were attempting to rob a $15,000 payroll at 7777 West Chicago Street at 11 a.m.

Detective Stadler was struck twice in the face and once in the abdomen. He was transported to Highland Park Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Detective Lieutenant Smith was also shot and died the following day.

One of the suspects was shot and killed and another was wounded.

Detective Stadler, who served in WWI, had been with the Detroit Police Department for 13 years and was cited six times for bravery. He was survived by his wife, infant son, young daughter, parents and other family members.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

robbery attempt

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I am privileged to be among the first to leave a reflection Your heroism and service is honored today, the 83rd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 16, 2012

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