Detective Gerald A. Rauft

Detective Gerald A. Rauft

Tampa Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, July 24, 1981

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Gerald A. Rauft

Detective Rauft was shot and killed during an undercover operation to purchase 100 pounds of marijuana. During the deal, a shootout erupted and Detective Rauft was fatally wounded.

Four suspects were apprehended. One suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison on May 5, 2012, after being sentenced to death several years earlier.

Detective Rauft had been with the agency for eight years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

narcotics, undercover

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Thank you for your service and today we take the time to remind you and your family that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your LE brethren. Rest in peace always.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 24, 2020

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