Police Officer Harold E. Carlson

Police Officer Harold E. Carlson

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, January 27, 1973

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Harold E. Carlson

Officer Carlson was shot and killed when he responded to a report of a man firing a rifle in a neighborhood at 15495 Westbrook Street. He was accidentally caught in the crossfire when the suspect pointed his rifle at three other officers.

Officer Carlson and others responded to an afternoon call from the residence. According to the call, the suspect acted oddly and armed with a gun. When the officers arrived, the suspect's wife greeted them on the porch. The suspect exited the house and asked the officers if they had any whiskey. The officers said no. The suspect told them he would get some and retreated into the residence. He returned with a 22-caliber rifle. Officer Carlson was shot in the crossfire. The suspect was shot and killed.

Officer Carlson was a United States Army Korean War veteran who served with the Detroit Police Department for 17 years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, his mother, and two brothers.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

shots fired call

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Officer Carlson,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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January 27, 2023

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