Police Officer Paul E. Begin

Police Officer Paul E. Begin

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, October 25, 1969

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Paul E. Begin

Police Officer Paul Begin was shot and killed while transporting a prisoner to jail after arresting a man on outstanding warrants during a traffic stop.

The suspect was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of the patrol car. A female acquaintance of the suspect was allowed to ride to the police station in the backseat of the patrol car as well but was not handcuffed because she was not under arrest. As they were being driven to the police station the female produced a handgun and shot Officer Begin in the back of the head near St. Jean Street and Vernor Highway.

Both suspects fled the scene but were apprehended several days later. They were both found guilty of murdering Officer Begin and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Begin had served with the Detroit Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife, stepson, mother, and four siblings.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 417

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

arrest, escort, traffic stop

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Ollie Ann Fulgham died in prison just before Thanksgiving 2015. May Officer Paul E Begin's eternal rest be just that more comfortable.

Paul L McPherson
Michigan Department of Corrections

December 7, 2015

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