unheralded hero

officer scott james larkins

Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Detroit Police Department

Rank: Police Officer

Badge:  4229

Served: 7 years

Unit of Assignment / Detail: Harbormaster Unit

Location of Incident (Present Day): 7033 East Jefferson Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan

Cause of Death: Gun Shot Wound

Age at Time of Death: 58


Date of Birth: 4 February 1950

Date of Appointment:

Date of Incident: 5 November 1978

End of Watch: 5 March 2008

Date of Interment: N/A


Unheralded Hero Investigation Began: April 2019

Accepted By Agency: 10 September 2019

Approved By National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial: 18 September 2019


Interment Details

 Cemetery: N/A
 Grave Location: N/A
 Interment Disposition: Cremated



 Military Service: No Military Service


Memorial Details

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel 30 West Line 32

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed

Memorial at the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum: Not Listed

Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial: Not Listed

Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial: Stone: 3 Row: 33

Wayne County First Responders Memorial: Listed

Detroit Police Department Memorial: Listed


Incident & Biographic Details

Police Officer Scott Larkins succumbed to complications of a gunshot wound sustained on November 5th, 1978.

He and his partner were leaving a restaurant at 7033 East Jefferson Boulevard when they were ambushed and both shot in the back with shotgun blasts as they walked back to their patrol car. The subject opened fire from the second-story window of a hotel that bordered the restaurant property.

The man had a history of mental illness and held a grudge against police officers for prior commitments to mental institutions. He was arrested two hours after the shooting. He was charged with assault with intent to murder but found not guilty by reason of insanity. He was committed to a state institution.

Officer Larkins medically retired as a result of his wounds. He died of complications of the wounds on March 9th, 2008.

Officer Larkins had served with the Detroit Police Department for seven years. He was assigned to the Harbormaster Section. He is survived by his wife and seven children.