Police Officer Richard P. Woyshner

Police Officer Richard P. Woyshner

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, January 24, 1970

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Richard P. Woyshner

Officer Woyshner was shot and killed as he and his partner attempted to confiscate contraband.

Officer Woyshner and his partner went to 5907 15th Street to confiscate contraband when the suspect opened fire. Officer Woyshner and his partner were both struck. Both Officers attempted to take cover in their patrol car but collapsed before making it. Officer Woyshner's partner was able to radio for assistance. When they arrived, both officers were taken to Henry Ford Hospital. Officer Woyshner died from his wounds several hours later.

The suspect, an ex-convict, was captured a short time later.

Officer Woyshner had served with the Detroit Police Department for 22 years and was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 42nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect, and your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever, I hold your family in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 25, 2012

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