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 Friends and Family of officer Dooley. I am a SPO at the Detroit police Academy and I am grateful to say police officer Dooley will be my silent partner in my journey on becoming a Detroit police officer. I didn't have the honor of meeting officer Dooley but I respect all the work he did for our city of Detroit and all the hard work he did to protect our Country. I admire his courage and dedication he had for the job and I'll take it as a lesson to work hard to achieve my goals. " As long as we live, they too will live; for they are now a part of us; as we remember them."-JP Officer Dooley I'll keep you in my heart every step of the way no matter how far this journey takes me. I pay my respect and condolences to everyone who loved officer Dooley.

SPO Anonymous - 23F
DPD/ Academy- Spo

April 12, 2023

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