Sergeant Edward Wolski, Jr.

Sergeant Edward Wolski, Jr.

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, August 5, 1968

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Edward Wolski, Jr.

Sergeant Wolski was shot and killed as he and two officers were searching for a man who had been firing a gun at the Jefferies Housing Project.

The suspect ambushed Sergeant Wolski as he came around the corner of a building. He then shot and wounded the other two officers as they ran to their Sergeant's aid. Other officers arriving on the scene shot and wounded the suspect and took him into custody.

The suspect was paroled from the Illinois Penitentiary in 1967 after serving 11 years of a 199-year sentence for murder. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life on Feb. 16, 1970. He died in prison on May 18, 2006.

Sergeant Wolski served with the Detroit Police Department for 18 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Died in prison

ambush, disturbance

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Sgt Ted Wolski. You were a leader and a hero in our Detroit neighborhood in the 1960’s. I remember and still feel the shock that day in August. 1968 learning what happened to you and seeing how your loss crushed the spirits or your two young sons and devastated our neighborhood.

Supervisor J Gorka
Allegan County

November 8, 2020

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