Police Officer Richard Daniel Scalf

Police Officer Richard Daniel Scalf

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, February 5, 1999

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Richard Daniel Scalf

Officer Richard Scalf was shot and killed at about 1:20 p.m. while attempting to arrest a suspect in a prostitution sting at Chene and Hendrie Streets. The suspect was the passenger in a truck who had propositioned a female officer posing as a prostitute.

The female officer signalled the five backup officers, who then stopped the suspect's truck. When the truck stopped, Officer Scalf and Officer Diaz Graves had the occupants line up against the vehicle for a search. During this time the passenger reached into his pants, retrieved a gun and opened fire, striking Officer Graves in the head and critically wounding him.

Officer Scalf took a defensive position next to a nearby truck and exchanged fire with the suspect. One of the suspect's rounds struck Officer Scalf in the hand, severing a finger and causing him to drop his service weapon. As he reached down to retrieve his service weapon another round struck him in the left shoulder, through a gap in his vest. The suspect then ran, but other officers on the scene returned fire, killing the suspect.

Officer Scalf succumbed to his wounds while being transported to a local hospital.

Officer Scalf had served with the agency for 3 years. He is survived by his parents, two brothers, sister-in-law, niece and nephew.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 2776

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I dated one of the backup officers on the scene that day who helped take down the suspect. She suffered from severe PTSD and had to retire early. I remember her talking about how cool of a guy Officer Scalf was and how they were laughing and joking back at the station before they went out on this sting. His loss affected her deeply. Prayers to the family


March 18, 2020

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