Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 9 years
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Offender: Sentenced to life
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.