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Police Officer Giacomo Detroit Police Department, Michigan

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Giacomo "Jack" Buffa

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 5, 1986

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 13 years

Badge # 1202

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Officer Jack Buffa and Officer Mark Radden were shot and killed in a case of mistaken identity.

Officer Buffa and his partner, who were in plainclothes, were performing a drug raid a home. At the same time as the raid, Officer Radden and his partner, also in plainclothes, were responding to a reports of a shooting at the same home.

Neither pair of officers knew the other was at the home and when they encountered each other shots were exchanged. Officer Radden and Officer Buffa were both fatally wounded.

Officer Buffa had served with the agency for 13 years. He was survived by his wife, son, parents, brother, and sister.

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Police Officer Mark Radden
Detroit Police Department, Michigan
End of Watch: Wednesday, February 5, 1986
Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Jack, met up with some of our old Academy classmates today. Know you're still with us all, 44 years later. Can't put our old Narco days to rest without shedding a tear. Rest In Peace my friend.

Al Kirschner (Retired)
Detroit Narcotics
February 20, 2017


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