Michigan sheriff’s deputy fatally shot pursuing a stolen vehicle in Detroit

DETROIT — The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of Deputy Bradley J. Reckling, who was fatally shot while pursuing a suspected stolen vehicle in Detroit.

The tragic incident occurred when Reckling, a dedicated nine-year veteran, was on duty in an unmarked vehicle tracking a 2022 Chevy Equinox reported stolen earlier in the day from Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights.

Sheriff Mike Bouchard revealed that Reckling and fellow detectives had located the stolen vehicle in Detroit and were following it when the situation turned deadly.

In what Sheriff Bouchard described as a deliberate ambush, the vehicle abruptly stopped and individuals exited, firing multiple shots at Reckling. He sustained fatal injuries to his head, chest, and torso during the attack.

“It was an ambush,” Sheriff Bouchard stated solemnly during a press briefing held to address the tragic loss. He confirmed that three suspects were taken into custody following the incident, with the Detroit Police Department continuing investigations into the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Bradley J. Reckling, a resident of Rochester Hills, leaves behind a grieving family—he was a devoted husband and father of three, with a fourth child on the way at the time of his untimely death.

Sheriff Bouchard expressed profound sorrow for the loss, emphasizing the impact on Reckling’s colleagues and the wider community.

“This loss comes at an exceptionally difficult time for us,” Sheriff Bouchard remarked, alluding to recent challenges faced by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, including another recent shooting incident at a suburban Detroit splash pad earlier this month.

Sheriff Bouchard highlighted the emotional toll such incidents take on law enforcement personnel, describing them as “soul crushing.” The community has rallied around the memory of Deputy Reckling, honoring his service and sacrifice.

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