Patrolman Russell Allen Herrick

Patrolman Russell Allen Herrick

Burton Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, May 8, 1980

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Russell Allen Herrick

Patrolman Russell Herrick was shot and killed as he and his partner responded to a holdup alarm at a store on Davison Road.

As the officers approached the front of the store Patrolman Herrick was struck in the back by a shot from a high-powered rifle. His partner was shot in both arms but survived.

Two suspects were arrested and charged with first-degree murder and assault with intent to murder. They were convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Patrolman Herrick had served with the Burton Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

alarm, robbery

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It’s been 43 years. I was just a small child when God called my big brother home that day. Dad is now in Heaven with you. Your daughter Summer is a beautiful, talented and amazing woman. I have three adult boys. They always grew up hearing stories of you. Even though it’s been so long, it still feels like yesterday. I love you. I wish that we could kick back with a cold one and laugh about how old we are.

Michelle Herrick Sparks

May 8, 2023

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