Police Officer Norman E. Spruiel

Police Officer Norman E. Spruiel

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, October 3, 1993

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Norman E. Spruiel

Officer Norman Spruiel succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained three weeks earlier while working an undercover murder case.

He was conducting surveillance with his partner while attempting to locate two suspects who murdered and then mutilated two young men. As the officers were finishing up their surveillance for the night they drove a few blocks away to compare notes at Prairie Street south of Lyndon in a dead end.

Officer Spruiel was standing outside his unmarked patrol car when he was shot twice in the back by a man unrelated to the murder investigation. The subject claimed he did not know the two were police officers and thought they were preparing to rob his brother's body shop.

The suspect was convicted of Officer Spruiel's murder and sentenced to 85 years in prison.

Officer Spruiel had served with the Detroit Police Department for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, September 13, 1993
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to 85 years

surveillance, undercover

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Norm, it was a great pleasure to have known and worked with you. I often think of the times we had. I ask why do they take the good so early. Hope to see you up above. You will never be forgotten.

Sergeant E. Owens
Detroit Police Department Retired

December 24, 2018

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