Detective Sergeant Joseph P. Husken

Detective Sergeant Joseph P. Husken

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, April 17, 1943

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Joseph P. Husken

Sergeant Husken, Lieutenant Ellenstein and Lieutenant Morris were all shot when they went to investigate a burglar alarm that had been triggered at the Morton Bond Company. When they arrived they were met with gunfire and Lieutenant Ellenstein was killed. Lieutenant Morris was removed to the hospital where he died two days later.

Sergeant Husken was taken to a local hospital with bullets in his spine and abdomen. He survived the injuries, though, and was able to identify the suspects, who were sentenced to life in prison. For several years after the shooting, Sergeant Husken worked at police headquarters, since his paralyzed left leg prevented him from performing patrol duties. Eventually, he was placed on the permanent sick list. He died in 1943. Doctors said the bullet wounds he suffered 22 years earlier caused his death.

Sergeant Husken was survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, January 31, 1921
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life in prison


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Detroit Police Department, Michigan, Detective Sergeant Joseph P. Husken was an Uncle of Mine, through my grand father John P. Husken. I hold so many memories and stories of you. You are forever my hero Uncle Joe.

R.I. P.

Karon Katovich

Geat Neice of Detective Sergeant Joseph
Great Neice

December 6, 2012

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