Officer Michael J. Dowd, Jr.

Officer Michael J. Dowd, Jr.

Somerville Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Tuesday, June 24, 1947

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Michael J. Dowd, Jr.

Officer Michael Dowd succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained 12 days earlier when he interrupted a burglary at a liquor store at the corner of Highland Avenue and Willow Avenue.

Officer Dowd had been checking the door and windows of a liquor store at about 2:35 am when he came across the subject. While being questioned, the man suddenly produced a gun and shot him in the side, inflicting a mortal wound.

The suspect fled the scene as Officer Dowd made his way to a call box. He was able to report the incident to responding officers. The subject escaped and was never apprehended.

Officer Dowd was a WWI veteran and had served with the Somerville Police Department for 27 years.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, June 12, 1947
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Never apprehended


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Rest in peace big Mike

Carson loveless

January 31, 2024

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