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Trooper Robert M. Semrov | New York State Police, New York New York State Police, New York

Trooper

Robert M. Semrov

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch: Saturday, January 27, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .22 caliber

Offender: Released after 5 years

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Trooper Semrov was shot and killed after stopping a traffic violator in front of the suspect's house. Trooper Semrov allowed the suspect to enter his house to retrieve his driver’s license. The suspect emerged with a .22 caliber rifle and shot Trooper Semrov six times as he sat in his patrol car.

The suspect was convicted of Trooper Semrov's murder but served only 5 years in prison.

Trooper Semrov had served with the agency for 6 years. He was survived by his wife and mother.

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Bob, my memory of you was rekindled today when a dear friend sent me an old newspaper article sent to her by a family member about an arrest you made on the Fly Creek Valley Road that was saved for many years and thought maybe I would like to save it too. This article prompted me to search the Internet about you and found many sites with your name along with many other fallen officers. Yes, as everyone has said here, your legacy continues to live on through the Internet now of which you never were a part of during your life time.

Our life as kids will always be remembered during our summer school vacations from playing touch football, to checking muskrat traps along those cold river banks and building a lean-to fort in the woods and playing the accordion which your mom took over as you really never cared for it - :)). I wish you were still with us, retired and enjoying your love of the outdoors. I miss you.

Betty (Semrov) Lisiesky
Cousin
December 16, 2013

 

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