Detroit Police Seek Public's Help in Solving Deputy's Fatal Shooting

Detroit police officials are urging the community to come forward with any information related to the fatal shooting of an Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputy, which took place on the city’s east side over the weekend.

Deputy Brad Reckling was tragically killed while on duty, prompting an urgent appeal for tips that could help solve the case.

The incident occurred shortly before 11 p.m. on Saturday. Deputy Reckling, a 30-year-old officer with nine years of service, was in an unmarked patrol car searching for a stolen SUV.

The vehicle had been reported stolen earlier that day from the Red Oaks Water Park in Madison Heights.

According to police, Reckling was following the stolen Chevy Equinox when suspects suddenly exited the vehicle and opened fire.

According to the source, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office reported that Reckling was struck in the head, chest, and torso during the ambush.

Sheriff Mike Bouchard described the attack as a deliberate ambush in a press conference held on Sunday afternoon.

In the wake of the shooting, law enforcement agencies, including the Detroit Police Department (DPD) and Michigan State Police, quickly established a perimeter in the area.

This led to the apprehension of three suspects, although no further details about them were provided. As of Monday, no additional updates on the suspects had been released.

The DPD has asked anyone who may have witnessed the shooting or has relevant information to contact the DPD’s Homicide Task Force at 313-596-2260.

Alternatively, tips can be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP or via

Detroit police officials have assured the public that tips leading to significant progress in the case will be rewarded with $5,000. To ensure the tip is connected to this case, tipsters should reference case number 2406220359.

Deputy Reckling’s death has left a profound impact on the community. He was a dedicated officer, a husband, and a father to three daughters, with another child on the way.

Sheriff Bouchard emphasized the personal loss felt by Reckling’s family and colleagues, describing him as a valued member of the sheriff’s department.

In addition to seeking tips, the community is also encouraged to support Deputy Reckling’s family through donations. Contributions can be made to the charity Mission Oakland, which has committed to directing 100% of the donations to Reckling’s family.

Donations can be made online or mailed to Mission Oakland, 1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Building 38E, Pontiac, MI 48341. Donors should include “Deputy Reckling” on the memo line and make checks payable to Mission Oakland.

This tragic event highlights the dangers faced by law enforcement officers and underscores the importance of community support in solving crimes and providing assistance to affected families.

Detroit police are hopeful that the community will come together to provide the necessary information to bring those responsible for Deputy Reckling’s death to justice.

Anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is urged to come forward.

The combined efforts of law enforcement and community members can help ensure that justice is served and that Deputy Reckling’s family receives the support they need during this difficult time.

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