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Trooper Robert A. Paris | Delaware State Police, Delaware Delaware State Police, Delaware

Trooper

Robert A. Paris

Delaware State Police, Delaware

End of Watch: Thursday, October 17, 1963

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 4 years, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Trooper Robert Paris was shot and killed while on a special burglary detail checking local motels. He and his partner encountered two men stealing televisions from rooms of a hotel at 3:40 am. When they approached the men a shootout ensued and Trooper Paris was fatally wounded by a shotgun blast.

The two suspects and their getaway driver were apprehended following a large manhunt. The shooter was sentenced to life. The the other two suspects were sentenced to 16 and 18 years in prison.

Trooper Paris had served with the agency for 4.5 years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.

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Kim Paris and I were in the same 1st grade class together at Anna P. Mote when her father was tragically murdered. Trooper Paris had spoken to our class earlier in the school year as part of a 'show off your dads' program. Resplendent in his uniform, we were in awe of him and quiet Kim was oh so proud of her daddy. It was a shocking loss of innocence learning what had occurred, feeling a part of it, and why I remember him to this day, and remain in awe.

LtCol W.J. Bender
USMC (ret)
January 11, 2015

 

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