Police Officer Robert P. Bradford, Jr.

Police Officer Robert P. Bradford, Jr.

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, December 27, 1972

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Robert P. Bradford, Jr.

Police Officer Robert Bradford was shot and killed when he and Police Officer Robert Dooley were on a stakeout at 9250 Carlin Street. The officers were searching for three subjects who were wanted in connection with several robberies and shootings of police officers.

The officers observed the three men exit a home and confronted them. When they did so shots were exchanged and Officer Bradford was killed and Officer Dooley was critically wounded. Officer Dooley succumbed to his wounds on September 15th, 2012.

The subjects fled the scene. Two of them were later shot and killed in two separate shootouts with police officers in Atlanta, Georgia.

Officer Bradford had served with the Detroit Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Later shot and killed


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Officer Bradford,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Detroit. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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December 27, 2022

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