Deputy Sheriff Albert Anderson

Deputy Sheriff Albert Anderson

Oakland County Sheriff's Office, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, August 12, 1917

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Albert Anderson

Deputy Sheriff Albert Anderson was shot as he approached a suspicious man hiding behind a local business at the intersection of Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak Township (modern day City of Ferndale).

As Deputy Anderson questioned the subject, the man produced a .38 caliber revolver and shot him in the abdomen. Investigators believe that the man had just burglarized a nearby store.

Deputy Anderson had served with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office for three years. He was survived by his wife and eight children.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, August 9, 1917
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Not available

burglary, suspicious person

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I was born and raised in Ferndale, MI. Upon graduation from FHS in "73" I enlisted in the USAF and after my 4 year stint, I became a police officer in Minnesota.

I never knew until today that an officer had been killed about 4 blocks from my house where I grew up. I was saddened learn, while going through papers from the Ferndale Historical Society, that Deputy Albert Anderson was shot and killed. Deputy Anderson, your life was taken away much too early, now over 100 years later.

May you rest in peace, you will never be forgotten.

Robert Elmers, Captain-Retired
Metro Transit Police-Minnesota

October 30, 2021

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