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 Gerald Rauft was shot and killed during an undercover operation to purchase 100 pounds of marijuana.

The undercover officers were conducting the deal inside a home at 1410 E. 29th Avenue when a shootout erupted and Detective Rauft was fatally wounded. The second officer was seriously wounded.

Four suspects were apprehended. The 28-year-old triggerman was declared mentally incompetent to stand trial and sent to a mental institution. In 1986 he was deemed competent and was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. On May 5th, 2012, he was resentenced to life in prison. He died in prison on May 30th, 2020.

Detective Rauft had served with the Tampa Police Department 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 Died in prison

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.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 24, 2020

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