Police Officer Michael J. Faulkner

Police Officer Michael J. Faulkner

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, June 27, 1981

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Michael J. Faulkner

Police Officer Michael Faulkner was shot and killed while investigating a domestic disturbance.

He and another officer were at the scene for a second time that night, but found that the male subject had left before they arrived. Officer Faulkner began looking for the man and obtained information about where he lived. The second officer began transporting the female to the man's location on Ghormley Avenue. When they arrived they observed Officer Faulkner talking to the suspect. When the woman positively identified the suspect the man began to walk away.

As Officer Faulkner attempted to stop him, the man suddenly produced a handgun from his pants, turned around, and opened fire. Both officers returned fire but Officer Faulkner suffered a fatal wound to the head. The suspect was also killed in the return fire.

Officer Faulkner had been a member of the Oakland Police Department for nine years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed


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I was a Navy Corpsman assigned to Oak Knoll Naval Hospital on June 27, 1981, when a Code Blue sounded. When a "Code Blue ER" is called, select personnel [i.e. physician, nurses, corpsmen, and respiratory therapist] respond to the Emergency Room where CPR and other life-saving measures are administered to a victim. I know the newspapers listed that the killer of Oakland Police Officer Michael J. Faulkner died at the scene of the murder of Officer Falkner, and maybe so, yet when he was brought into the ER, CPR was being performed on him by paramedics. We attempted to revive him - even though knowing this individual in his final moments of life killed a police officer. We even cracked his chest and did Open Heart Massage. He was pronounced dead in the ER when all efforts to revive him failed. This guy, who had no respect whatsoever for Officer Falkner's life, received a gallant effort to save his life. That makes me proud and sick at the same time. (Officer Faulkner was taken to another hospital. We were told that Officer Faulker's partner had shot the killer we were working).


April 6, 2019

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