Police Officer Gilbert T. Stocker

Police Officer Gilbert T. Stocker

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, July 31, 1972

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Gilbert T. Stocker

Police Officer Stocker was shot and killed by a 19-year-old youth while attempting to question him about a stolen rifle at his second-floor apartment at 5120 Hillsboro Street.

The suspect opened fire through his front door as soon as Officer Stocker and three other officers knocked on the door and identified themselves as police officers. Officer Stocker was shot in the head, and another officer was critically wounded. The suspect was captured as he fled from his apartment.

The suspect was convicted of manslaughter and felonious assault and sentenced to 12 to 19 years in prison on Dec. 19, 1972. He was paroled on July 22, 1981.

Officer Stocker was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and served with the Detroit Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 3057
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .32 caliber carbine
  • Offender Sentenced to 12 to 19 years

stolen weapon, ambush

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Only learning about you, Tom, from the love expressed by your family, friends, and many others who knew you or worked by your side. RIP, Tom Stocker. Pam Ortner, friend of your sister, Kathy Stocker.

Pamela Ortner
Friend of your sisters

August 1, 2023

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