Trooper Claude H. Baker, Jr.

Trooper Claude H. Baker, Jr.

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, November 17, 1973

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Claude H. Baker, Jr.

Trooper Baker was shot and killed after stopping an escaped prisoner in a stolen car in Sarasota. He was found laying on the highway beside his patrol car by a passing motorist. A few hours later the suspect was taken into custody at a police road block in Charlotte County. He had stolen the car from a woman whom he had also robbed and raped.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder, escape, robbery, rape, and motor vehicle theft. He was sentenced to three life terms plus 20 years in prison on March 22, 1974. On November 22, 1987 he escaped from prison and was recaptured four days later. While out he committed an armed robbery and a deadly assault. He was convicted of both crimes and got 80 years added to his sentence.

Trooper Baker had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for 9 years. He also served with the U.S. Air Force.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Trooper Baker, I pray that you are resting in glorious peace at the feet of our wonderful Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
I have to apologize for the criminal justice system that was designed and put into place by these foolish mortals here. It does not work, it never has and it never will, yet they do it all in your Father's name! It's ridiculous.
For instance, the miscreant that took your life, also stole a car from a lady and raped her, as well?! He was charged, put in prison, NOT executed, escaped, committed an armed robbery and killed AGAIN! He was captured, only given an additional 80 years, NOT executed??! See what I mean?
We can only pray that God will deal with this Satan-filled creature because we cannot.
Rest in Peace, Hero!

Retired Chief of Police
Porterdale Police Dept.

September 28, 2014

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