Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputy Killed in Detroit Ambush

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Written By Angela Angela






A sheriff’s deputy was killed on Saturday in Detroit in what the Oakland County Sheriff is calling an ambush while he was working to recover a stolen vehicle.

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office tragically lost one of their own heroes, Deputy Brad Reckling, during an auto theft investigation that started in Madison Heights and led investigators to Detroit. During a press conference, Sheriff Michael Bouchard detailed the last moments of Deputy Reckling’s life and how the tragedy unfolded.

A preliminary investigation revealed that just before 11 p.m., Reckling, along with two other law enforcement officials, located the stolen 2022 Chevrolet Equinox. When they approached, three individuals got out of the car and started shooting at Reckling, hitting him in the head, chest, and torso.

Detroit police and Michigan State Police also responded to the scene and captured three suspects connected to the murder.

Sheriff Bouchard emphasized the importance of getting justice for the Reckling family and supporting them through this tragedy. He described Reckling as a much-loved member of their team, who had recently joined the auto theft unit. Governor Gretchen Whitmer also expressed her condolences, stating that her heart is with Reckling’s family and the communities he served.

Reckling, a nine-year veteran, leaves behind a loving wife and three young daughters, with another child on the way. His death has deeply affected his department, the community, and his family.

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