Police Officer Patrick Michael Prohm

Police Officer Patrick Michael Prohm

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Tuesday, January 9, 1996

Patrick Michael Prohm

Officer Patrick Prohm was shot and killed after attempting to arrest a subject during a felony stop for a stolen vehicle at 12:46 a.m. at Charlevoix Street and Joseph Campau Avenue.

The suspect exited the vehicle and shot once at Officer Prohm, striking him in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Other officers on the scene returned fire and arrested the shooter, thinking no shots hit him. The shooter died from a bullet wound to the chest after arriving at the detention area. The wound was not noticed because of the large, puffy jacket he was wearing. The shooter was also a suspect in a multiple shooting the night before in Kalamazoo.

Officer Prohm had been employed with the Detroit Police Department for over two years. He is survived by his three children, parents, six siblings, nieces, and nephews.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 3175

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

arrest, stolen vehicle

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I think about you everyday. I remember the evening this happened to you. We were in the front lobby of the 7th Precinct. You were finishing up the paperwork on your narcotic arrest. You asked me if there was any opportunity for you to work with me on the 30 series. I told you I'd think about putting your name in front of the commander for consideration. Steve and I left to take our narcotic to PPU. I told you I'd see u you and Barb. at the Narcotic section and left. While we were having our case processed we heard first your stopping a wanted vehicle then a few seconds later your call for assistance. We left leaving everything unfinished because we knew you'd do the same for us. But we arrived from downtown a little to late to assist you. I felt if we had just waited for you at the precinct we might have prevented this. It took a long time to come to grips with this hole in my heart, because you were what I considered to the prefect example of a police officer. You cared about all people, you did not see color race or cred. I remember how you helped that youth man on Chene. How you came out of your pocket to help the young man, while others were saying you must be nuts to do that. I saw you do that to several people, you risked your life on a everyday basis protecting the people of this community.

I wanted to talk directly to your daughter, to let her know that you spoke about her everyday. To tell her how much you loved her and wanted to give her the world. How much every little thing she gave you was admired by you. How having her made him a complete person. How you wanted her to be the best she could be. How you wanted her to go to college and educate herself so she could follow her dreams. But when I approached you, you were crying so much I couldn't talk because I cried just as hard as you were.

I hope that though late you can find comforts in this. Writing this, to you, helps me find comforts.

I want to said how sorry I am and convey the thanks from the community for your sharing your father with us.

Officer then, now Sergeant Joseph Turner
Detroit Police Department Sevenbth Precinct.

April 7, 2018

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