Lieutenant Robert Joseph Staab

Lieutenant Robert Joseph Staab

Bal Harbour Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, October 31, 1957

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Robert Joseph Staab

Lieutenant Robert Staab was shot and killed while on a plainclothes detail at a large convention. He and his partner observed a suspicious man going from door to door in the hotel and attempted to question him.

The suspect and Lieutenant Staab's partner began to struggle. As Lieutenant Staab came around a corner the suspect shot him. The man then fled the scene but was arrested a short time later after being stopped in Hollywood, Florida. The suspect was apprehended and executed for the murder in 1961.

Lieutenant Staab was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of WWII. He had been in law enforcement for five years and was survived by his wife and three sons.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1961

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Lieutenant Robert Joseph Staab will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in Heaven.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police

February 19, 2018

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