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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Our 16 PNU crew attended the funeral. I reflect on Officer Bradley and his beautiful family when I hear the Ave Maria. I’m not certain it was the Ave Maria during the funeral that touched my heart and soul. I use it to remember the connection I felt, the sacrifice by Officer Bradley and that of his family living and growing without him physically in this life. I was 24 then, 71 now and I’ll remember Robert, his funeral and his family forever.

I was unaware of the life struggles of Officer Robert Dooley from his injuries. God Bless Robert and Robert, watch over their families and bestow graces upon them to know the husband and Dad is with our Lord having given their lives for all humanity.

Doug Tally, Officer

March 23, 2020

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