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Police Officer Shawn Phillip Bandy

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, December 6, 1998

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Reflections for Police Officer Shawn Phillip Bandy


I thought about you, and your parents, over Christmas this year. I remembered how profound of a loss that they must've felt during their Christmas holidays annually, for the past 15 years...

I still remember standing in the front row at your graveside, as taps was being played while you were laid to rest. That was one of the absolute worst experiences of my life. I still remember the visceral feeling that I felt as I choked out a tear. That was terrible, and I still vividly remember it.

A few of us have also been shot at, like you were, and we're still here, left to wonder how we were so lucky, and why you weren't on your fateful day.....That fateful day when we heard over the radio '3 officers down'..... Divine intervention is the only legitimate explanation that I can surmise. God had a plan for you, brother, and took you from us far too soon.

You were one genuinely decent guy, and a stand-out cop amongst a group of the very best police officers in the whole country (Detroit Police Officers).

I wish that I could've helped you somehow on that fateful day.

I'll always be proud to have been your brother in blue.


Retired PO

December 29, 2013

I often think of Shawn and his wonderful parents. Shawn a young man loved and missed.
Dennis Wynn

Dennis Wynn

April 19, 2013

Shawn, as a former DPD 10th pct officer that worked with you I just wanted to say thank you for being a great guy and pleasure to work with. You are missed as I was just thinking of you today.

Det Bryan Gilbert
Clinton Twp PD, Former DPD

March 19, 2013

Its hard to believe its been over 14 years since your passing. I think of you quite often. You were the most polite and respectful young man i ever knew. You always made me laugh. I have always been proud of you and your father for your service and dedication as police officers. I,m proud to call you my nephew. Love from your uncle Danny

Uncle Danny a Bandy

January 5, 2013

Read all the reflections and proud that my son made such an impact on so many DPD friends and family's. I remember taking you down to personnel on your 18th birthday to sign up for the Department. I also remember getting the call that you were shot from a nurse and that you were blind. Also telling your mother that you were shot and blind. Thinking even though you were blind we could take you home. The hardest part was being told that we would have to make the decision to take you off life support. We also found out that night that you may be the father of a child names Sydney. Later through DNA found out you were a father. We still miss you terribly. In my career 43 officers died on the job it is such a waste of officers who made the ultimate sacrifice. I would again like to thank all the officers who arrested the men who killed my son! Did not know about the lightbar incident till I read this site. Very funny. Also did not tell me he was in Vegas found out later. Again it's nice to know my son is still remembered.

Max Bandy

January 5, 2013

14 years, hard to believe. Thinking of you not just today, every day. Memories are filled with smiles.


December 6, 2012

That night still haunts me, so many lives were changed that tragic night, you are a true hero!!! Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. You made the ultimate sacrifice brother. Until we meet again Shawn rip!

P.o. Dpd

April 9, 2012



January 17, 2012

Thinking of you with reverence today and your parents are also in my thoughts and prayers.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 6, 2011

13 years today, life has taken many ups and downs lately. I know your up there making sure i make it home at the end of the shift. See ya someday.


Ryan PO

December 5, 2011

Miss you everyday Brother. Our Department has changed so much. It's so hard doing the job, when all you get is back lash for it. Thank you always for having my back Brother. I miss you being around. Hope your not tearing any light Bars off the scouts in Heaven....

Police Officer Jason Tonti
Detroit Police

July 31, 2011

It was a pleasure watching you develop into a fine young officer while at the 10th precinct.

Your physical presence is truely missed by your family in blue. We comfort ourselves knowing that you are now safely in the hands of God.

You are missed.

Sgt Mark Hetherington
Detroit PD / Retired

December 27, 2010

Hey Shawn
I heard Metallica- "Whiskey in the Jar" and remembered you flying into the parking lot of #10 in your gold Topaz with the radio full blast playing Metallica, I would laugh every time and jump out of the way. Good times!
Summer is here, watch over us...Partner, your never forgotten.


June 20, 2010

We lost a brother in blue yesterday, welcome him. I cant help but think of when we lost you, and all the emotions return. DPD is a fine line between calm and utter chaos, but I know you are watching over me, thank you partner.

DPD #10

May 4, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 11th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you...both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

December 6, 2009

Think of you often,and especially today. I wonder where your career would have taken you. You will never be forgotten, and we miss you. Thanks for watching over us partner.

DPD #10

December 6, 2009

Hard to believe it has been almost 11 years now. Still think about you often. I was in #10 last week, by Richton / Lawton and couldn't help but smile....

Police Officer Ryan Connor
Detroit Police Department

December 4, 2009

Thinking of you and all the others I knew and lost over the years. One of those things you want to forget but never will. God Bless

Former DPD Officer

December 1, 2009

Since #10 has been open, I pass by your picture everyday and smile. There are only a handful of us that came back to #10 that had the pleasure to know you...we miss you and will always remember you. Thanks for watching over us partner.


September 4, 2009

We all still miss you very much.

Police Officer Brandon Smith
DPD 10th Pct.

July 11, 2009

I think of you every day, and the kind person you were, another kind man has entered Heaven's gates, welcome J.S. and sit and chat awhile. He was an ol'timer, you will enjoy his stories.

We will never forget the sacrifice you made and the dedication you had to our department. You also made the job fun, which is sometimes hard to do. Rest in peace partner, you will not be forgotten.


January 4, 2009

Merry Christmas from Platoon D 2008...We will never forget


December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas...Still think of you often


December 22, 2008

Thinking of you today...


December 6, 2008

Almost 10 years since your ultimate sacrifice and time is swiftly passing us by. It was my pleasure serving along side a noble and selfless individual as yourself. Your passing did not end your contribution to the ones left behind. The positive memories you left with so many people have influenced more lives than you would know. I am glad to have been one of them. In the afterlife, I look forward to shaking your hand.......Thank you

P.O. Hardin
Grosse Ile Police, former DPD #10

November 4, 2008

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