Police Officer Robert W. Dooley

Police Officer Robert W. Dooley

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, September 15, 2012

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Robert W. Dooley

Police Officer Robert Dooley succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on December 27th, 1972, while he and Officer Robert Bradford were on a stakeout at 9250 Carlin 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, Officer Bradford was killed, and Officer Dooley was critically wounded.

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

Officer Dooley was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the Detroit Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 68
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, December 27, 1972
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed


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To the family and friends of Officer Dooley, I am a Student Police Officer in the Detroit Police Training Academy, I have chosen Officer Dooley to be my Silent Partner along the course of my Law Enforcement Career. Respecting all of the accolades and achievements of Dooley and his selfless sacrifice to the community and his country. You will weigh on my mind and push me forward to achieve a better professional and personal experience of selfless service to all whom reside in our lives. Thank you to the family, friends, and most importantly Officer Dooley for your services to all of us future citizens and law enforcement officers. My condolences to everyone whos life was affected by this tragic loss.

SPO Wood, G 24-H

May 13, 2024

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