Patrolman Henry Richard Wolf

Patrolman Henry Richard Wolf

Oak Park Department of Public Safety, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, May 21, 1973

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Henry Richard Wolf

Patrolman Henry Wolf was shot and killed when he stopped a car whose three occupants were wanted for shooting at another vehicle.

The three suspects were captured minutes later after another officer rammed their vehicle with his patrol car and exchanged gunfire with them. He shot and wounded one of the suspects.

All three suspects had recently been paroled from prison. One of them had only served seven years of a 15 to 25 year sentence for second degree murder. Two of the subjects were sentenced to life in prison for Patrolman Wolf's murder.

Patrolman Wolf had served with the Oak Park Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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The memorial is incorrect, as of Nov. 13, 2017, Rueben Herrera and Charles Meadows are both serving life with the Michigan Department of Corrections. The third defendant, whose name I️ do not know, got out many years ago. I’m not sure what that individual was charged with back in the 70’s.

Lieutenant (Ret.) Christopher Petrides
Oak Park Department of Public Safety

November 13, 2017

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