Police Officer Scott Richard Rakow

Police Officer Scott Richard Rakow

Miami Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, June 30, 1988

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Scott Richard Rakow

Police Officer Scott Rakow was shot and killed during a pursuit of a suspect following a major undercover drug sting in which an undercover detective was going to sell $100,000 worth of cocaine. During the sting, the drug dealers had spotters in high rise buildings who observed the police sting and alerted the suspects, who then attempted to rob the undercover detective.

One of the men fled in the undercover vehicle while the other fled in the vehicle they arrived in. As other officers pursued the undercover vehicle Officer Rakow began to pursue the other vehicle until it crashed at the intersection of NE 83rd Street and Bayshore Drive, in Miami. As the suspect fled on foot he opened fire on Officer Rakow, striking him in the head.

The man was arrested a short time later after jumping into a nearby canal.

The suspect and an accomplice were convicted of first-degree murder, armed robbery, weapons violations, and drug trafficking. They were sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Rakow had served with the Miami Beach Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, parents, and siblings.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Sentenced to life

narcotics, plainclothes, vehicle pursuit

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Detective Rakow, today as I celebrated my sixtieth birthday, I'm thinking about you and your lovely family. A terrible tragedy you cannot observe your sixtieth this coming July. Always a humble and honored hero of Miami beach. your mother in law, Mrs. Anita Bernstein , your widow, Toni's mom is very nice to me. You see a few years ago I reflected that I officiated at your daughter, Erica's great-grandmother, Kate Klein, Anita's mom. I always call or text her a happy Passover or Rosh Hashanah. She'a grateful I think about her and the family. Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom Detective Rakow. I'm sure Erica is doing well with her husband Scott and at WPTV Channel 5 West Palm Beach. I believe Erica if you read this you have my number and can always contact me. Your mother, Toni was very nice to me too. Memories are forever. It is a real crying shame what happened to a bright man and a very fine human being . Charming and humble.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 14, 2019

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