Corporal Norbert Melvin Szczygiel

Corporal Norbert Melvin Szczygiel

Dearborn Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, August 27, 1977

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Norbert Melvin Szczygiel

Corporal Norbert Szczygiel was shot and killed after responding to a call of a man with a gun inside a bar.

When Corporal Szczygiel and his partner arrived, two other officers were already on the scene. The suspect had left the bar and crossed the street. The suspect and two officers exchanged gunfire. Corporal Szczygiel's partner exited the patrol car to assist and Corporal Szczygiel was shot and killed while still in the car, radioing for more units.

The suspect was apprehended and convicted of manslaughter.

Corporal Szczygiel had served with the Dearborn Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

Bio

  • Age 29
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, August 24, 1977
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Convicted of manslaughter

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MY PARTNER,NORM [SPACEMAN ] AND I WERE THE SECOND PLAINCLOTHES UNIT, TO A MAN WAVING GUN AT THE SCHAEFER BAR RUN..SUSPECT RAN EAST ACROSS THE STREET, INTO A IRON FENCED APT. LOT..THE FIRST UNIT WAS ON THE NORTH END , I MADE A U-TURN TO THE SOUTH END OF THE COMPLEX..SUSPECT FIRED A SHOT AT THE OTHER UNIT..UNKNOWN TO US HE RAN SOUTH TO WITHIN TWENTY FOOT OF OUR 69 T-BIRD.. NORM WAS ON THE RADIO AS I EXITED THE DRIVER SIDE.. HE FIRED MULTIPLE SHOTS AT US FROM A CORNER BRICK, I RETURNED FIRE.THEN I RECEIVED A SHOTGUN FROM TOM HARPER [ I PREVIOUSLY WAS HIS TRAINING OFFICER] WE CONFRONTED THE SUSPECT. I CANCELLED HIS THREAT WITH MY 870 REM. SHOTGUN..WE THEN FOUND NORM SHOT WITH THE RADIO MIKE IN HIS HAND , AND HIS GUN ON THE FLOOR BOARD , UN FIRED.. IN THE HOSPITAL WE SAT THREE DAYS WITH NORM AS HE FADED AWAY.. HE WAS A TOUGH LOVING YOUNG BRAVE MAN. SMART AS A WHIP. AS WAS TOM HARPER , MY ROOKIE AND FRIEND , WHO STAYED BY MY SIDE AS WE CONFRONTED NORM'S KILLER.. AS I APPROACH 79 YRS OLD =TIME DULLS THE PAIN BUT IT NEVER GOES AWAY..I MISS BOTH MEN WHO DIED LONG BEFORE THEIR TIME. REMEMBER A FAMOUS WRITER SAID " PEOPLE SLEEP PEACEFULLY IN THEIR BEDS AT NIGHT ONLY BECAUSE ROUGH MEN STAND READY TO DO VIOLENCE ON THEIR BEHALF " ===== THE APE !

LIEUTENANT G. BRIGHT [ THE APE ]
DEARBORN POLICE 1968-1999

September 21, 2021

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