Police Officer Frederick D. Hunter, Jr.

Police Officer Frederick D. Hunter, Jr.

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, August 26, 1971

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Frederick D. Hunter, Jr.

Police Officer Frederick Hunter was shot and killed while investigating a possible weapons violation in front of 1518 Pallister Avenue.

He and his partner were in plainclothes when they observed a man pass a handgun to a woman. As they approached the group a second woman fled on foot between two houses with Officer Hunter in pursuit. As Officer Hunter chased her between the buildings he was shot in the chest.

The suspect was arrested but acquitted of murder.

Officer Hunter had been with the agency for 11 months and was assigned to the STRESS Unit. He was survived by his wife, three children, and mother.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 11 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .25 caliber
  • Offender Acquitted

foot pursuit, weapons violation

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Frederick D Hunter jr .I will never forget this day. at the age 10 I shared a class with his younger sister. Fred and his brother Corley were friends of my older brother Donald Hicks. Our neighborhood was proud when Fred became a member of the Detroit police. Rest in peace. Howard L. S. Sader.

Howard Sadler
social worker

December 7, 2020

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