Police Officer Arthur Richard Huhnke

Police Officer Arthur Richard Huhnke

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, November 8, 1920

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Arthur Richard Huhnke

Officer Huhnke was shot and killed while questioning a suspicious man at 41 Sherman Street (Present Day Garnet Avenue). When Officer Huhnke asked the man to take his hands out of his pockets the man produced a handgun and shot Officer Huhnke twice. An off-duty auxiliary officer who witnessed the shooting fired two shots at the suspect but missed.

Officer Huhnke was taken to Receiving Hospital where he died of his wounds.

The suspect was apprehended three weeks later in Detroit as he tried to get on train headed to Tennessee. He had escaped from Jackson Prison a year earlier. He was wanted in Pensacola, Florida, for five holdups and murder of a woman. He was convicted of Officer Huhnke's murder and sentenced to life.

Officer Huhnke was survived by his wife and baby child.


  • Age 24
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 261

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

suspicious person

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I am proud to reflect upon this heroic young man who was married to my great-aunt Regina (nee Kruse). He has brought a warm light to our family tree even decades later.

Barbara Kruse-Balzer
great niece in-law

March 15, 2016

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