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 was acting 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 had 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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

shots fired call

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My cousin,Sheryl, lived around the corner from them and when I visited..we would play with his daughter.
I was 10 when this happened and am now 58 and remember being told and crying.Explaining this horrific incident to 10 year olds was traumatic. I ended up marrying a police officer but never..ever. forgot them. So much so that I begged my husband to be extra careful on domestic calls.

Linda Sawyer
Childhood friend of Nancy

March 31, 2021

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