Police Officer Dayton A. Winegar

Police Officer Dayton A. Winegar

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, March 8, 1930

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Dayton A. Winegar

Officer Dayton Winegar was shot and killed while chasing three robbery suspects.

Officer Winegar was on patrol when he observed a youth run out of a haberdashery store at 7313 Jos Campau with an employee running after him. The store owner had been slugged and robbed. As the suspect made his escape along with two other youths in an automobile, Officer Winegar commandeered a citizens vehicle and had the driver pursue as he stood on the running board. In an alley near St. Aubin Street, the suspects abandoned their vehicle and fled on foot with Officer Winegar continuing the pursuit on foot close behind. As Officer Winegar followed the suspects into a nearby grocery store, one of the suspects turned and shot him in the head, killing him instantly.

The suspect, a 17-year-old youth, was arrested at his girlfriend's home a few hours later. The other two suspects, ages 16 and 20, were also eventually apprehended.

Officer Winegar's murderer was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life. He was paroled from Jackson State Prison June 23, 1955.

Officer Winegar had served with the Detroit Police Department for six years. He was assigned to the Old Hunt Street Station, (7th Precinct). He was survived by his wife and two sons. Officer Winegar's grandson was a Detroit police officer who is now retired. Upon entering the Detroit Police Academy, he was presented with his grandfather's badge which he proudly wore during a very distinguished career.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 1742

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1955

foot pursuit, robbery

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Grandpa Dayton, 91 years have passed. You would not recognize what is happening to the officers here serving their cities, counties, states, and federal agencies. These are the worst of times to be in law enforcement. No one respects them except their own family and friends and some good concerned citizens. They are being attacked for no reason, because they stand for the law and what is right. My son is still an officer with the Montgomery PD in AL. after retiring as a Master Sergeant with the USAF at Maxwell, AFB in AL. My nephew is a Macomb County Deputy Sheriff. People are lucky that men and women still want to go and serve and protect regardless of what is happening across the states. I remember as an officer the great Paul Harvey made a tribute to police officers.
https://youtu.be/KQ1YsyZMaaU is the link where everyone can see and hear his own words in his own voice, giving us the respect and courage to go on. It needs to be heard again. Rest in peace as you continue to patrol the streets of heaven.
Officer David Winegar 1742 retired DPD.

Officer David Winegar 1742 retired DPD
Grandson of Dayton Winegar

March 7, 2021

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