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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It always hits home a little more than usual when this date of March 8th, actually falls on the day of the week Mike died on; a Tuesday. Thirty Three years past, it still feels like yesterday. But alas it has been a long time ago now. I wish Mike were still here to joke around with and shoot the breeze with in conversation, because it was always enjoyable.

Karla Schettenhelm
Detroit Neighbor

March 8, 2016

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