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Aug. 22, 1895
Caucasian Male / 47 yrs. of age
Grand Rapids Police Dept.
Homicide - Gun
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Thu. Aug. 22, 1895
Detective Powers was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two suspected train robbers.
Detective Powers and two other detectives had gone to the Union Train Depot on Bridge Street to find two suspected train robbers. Detective Powers located the men in a train preparing to leave. When Detective Powers went to pull the bell cord on the train to alert the other Detective that he had located the suspects, one of them drew a concealed gun and shot Detective Powers, killing him.
The next day police shot and killed one of the suspects in McBain. One of the detectives who was with Detective Powers identified the suspect as being the one who killed Detective Powers.
Detective Powers was survived by his wife and two children.