Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 5 years
Badge # Not available
Cause: Aircraft accident
Trooper Robert Pruitt, Corporal Cleo Tomlinson, and Trooper Merle Cook were killed in an airplane accident while searching for two breaking and entering suspects in St. John's County.
The suspects were charged with three counts of homicide in connection with the deaths of all three troopers. The primary burglary suspect was convicted of burglary and sentenced to 15 years in prison. He was released only to be sentenced to 6 years for cocaine sale in October of 2010 and he currently resides in the Florida State Prison System.
Trooper Pruitt had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for 5 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.