Police Officer Andre Barksdale

Police Officer Andre Barksdale

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, November 2, 1987

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Andre Barksdale

Officer Barksdale was shot and killed with his own weapon after responding to a domestic disturbance at 7 p.m. at 12695 Blackstone Street.

Officer Barksdale engaged in a struggle with the suspect as he slit the throat of his six-month-old child, killing her. The suspect also shot another officer at the scene. That officer returned fire killing the suspect.

Officer Barksdale had served with the Detroit Police Department for two years. He was survived by his three-year-old son, his mother, two brothers, and three sisters.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 5083

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Dear brother in blue Officer Barksdale. I was there with you that fateful night when you lost your life in-service to protect others. I was with you as well in the class of 86F. I think of you often and how bravely you performed and honored our sworn oath to protect and serve. You will never be forgotten!!!

Rest in Peace, Prayers and Condolences to the Family

Cheryl Payne
Former Police officer / Class of 86F Detroit Police Department

March 21, 2024

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