Sergeant Michael J. Bossuyt

Sergeant Michael J. Bossuyt

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Tuesday, March 8, 1983

Michael J. Bossuyt

Sergeant Michael Bossuyt was shot and killed after he stopped two men who were stealing a video game console from an arcade at the intersection of East Forest Avenue and Gratiot Avenue.

The subjects were able to gain control of his service weapon and shot him in the head. They then stole the gun and threw it into Lake St. Clair, where it was later recovered. The suspect was sentenced to life in prison.

Sergeant Bossuyt had been with the agency for 12 years. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, father, and three sisters.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge S-1055

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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The details of that day are forever etched in my memory. I will never forget that time, and Mike will never be forgotten. I've come to internalize, through time, that we lose the ones we love and we cannot change that. Coming to peace with that fact helps, if only a little. No one said life is fair, but this was a tough one. I pity the living who never knew him in life.

Here's to the better times, Mike, cruising from here to there in that brown Camaro. (Or was it a Firebird?) No matter, the one with that broken window from your neighbor! Hearing you talk about getting your son's stolen bike back always sticks with me, too. And your neighbor's dog that attacked your kid...Christ. Your (never ending) chats with Lt. Ferris always kept me waiting. I remember these stories like yesterday. Miss you, friend. We'll have a lot to catch up on, one day.

Anonymous, Ret.

July 25, 2018

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