Chief James Craig of the Detroit Police Department sadly reports the death of Officer Donald Kimbrough.

Officer Kimbrough, 71, died as a result of complications of an on duty gunshot wound.

On August 25, 1972, Kimbrough was working a plainclothes assignment with his partner. The officers were a short distance away from a radio call of a robbery and man with a gun near a methadone clinic. Kimbrough and his partner confronted one suspect in an alley next to the clinic.

The suspect was holding a shotgun. He complied with Kimbrough’s commands and laid it down. A second suspect who was seated inside a vehicle shot Kimbrough in the chest. The first suspect then picked up his shotgun and shot his partner. The suspects then fled the scene and escaped. They have never been identified.

Both officers were transported to Henry Ford Hospital for treatment of their gunshot wounds. As a result, they survived the shooting. However, the bullet that struck Kimbrough lodged adjacent to his spine and he was left paralyzed from the waist down.

Kimbrough was able to return to limited duty until his disability retirement was approved in 1977. Yet his health continued to deteriorate over the years and he passed away due to complications of the original gunshot wound.

Officer Kimbrough was a seven-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department. He also served in the United States Air Force prior to his service with the agency.

His son survives him.

Officer Donald Kimbrough is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: December 7, 2017.