Detective Clarence L. Stadler

Detective Clarence L. Stadler

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, February 16, 1929

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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 879
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

robbery attempt

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Det. Stadler,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served during WW I.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

February 16, 2019

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