Deputy Sheriff Michael J. Metroka

Deputy Sheriff Michael J. Metroka

Broward County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Monday, December 15, 1997

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Michael J. Metroka

Deputy Metroka was injured after being involved in a hit and run on November 29, 1997, and died of his injuries on December 15, 1997.

Deputy Metroka and his canine partner were traveling westbound when another vehicle struck his patrol car near Copans Road and Northeast First Avenue. The suspect, a convicted felon, got out of his vehicle and approached the patrol car before fleeing the scene after removing a gun from his wrecked rental car.

K9 Woedon, Deputy Metroka's partner, exited the vehicle and chased the suspect before returning to stay with him until rescue crews arrived. The suspect was captured a short time later and was charged with manslaughter, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, driving with a suspended license, and other charges.

On March 27, 1998, the 26-year-old suspect was seen fleeing on a bicycle from Metro Bank at 4820 N. Federal Highway. He was later captured and charged with robbing the bank. Just six days earlier, he was released after posting bail in Deputy Metroka's case. A few days later, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison as a habitual felon. In March of 1999, he was convicted of leaving the scene of an accident involving a death and sentenced to 30 years. His release date is November 26, 2031.

Deputy Metroka had served with the Broward County Sheriff's Office for 10 years. He is survived by his wife, mother, and sister.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Saturday, November 29, 1997
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to 30 years

convicted felon, hit-and-run

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