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Technical Sergeant Robert Bruce Butler | United States Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Government United States Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Government

Technical Sergeant

Robert Bruce Butler

United States Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Saturday, January 10, 1998

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 13 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Location: California

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Technical Sergeant Robert Butler was shot and killed after stopping the vehicle of a serviceman who had killed another serviceman moments earlier. The incident occurred on Edwards Air Force Base in Kern County, California. At the time, Sergeant Butler did not know the driver was a suspect in the murder.

He stopped the vehicle for running a stop sign and driving erratically. During the stop, Sergeant Butler called for backup for a possible DUI. The first officer on the scene observed the suspect vehicle speeding away and Sergeant Butler lying on the ground. CPR was started, but the officer was unable to revive him. The suspect was found dead in his quarters at approximately 7:00 am from a self-inflicted gun shot wound.

Sergeant Butler was assigned to the 95th Security Forces Squadron. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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I was stationed with TSgt Butler at Edwards AFB, CA and was a member of the EST Team that responded to locate the Airman that murdered him. The events that unfolded that cold, rainy morning are forever etched in my memory. TSgt Butler was a true Defender, a devout family man/Father, a Leader, and a mentor to his Airmen and NCO's. He was a quiet man, but when he spoke, you listened. TSgt Butler paid the ultimate sacrifice as he attempted to keep the men and women of Edwards Air Force Base, CA safe. I think of you often. As you're patrolling the streets of heaven, know that your work was not in vain. You left a legacy of professionalism, courage and honor that have transcended time. May God continue to be with your family. You are never forgotten HUA! Present Arms. Order Arms.

Master Sergeant Charlie Jefferson (Ret)
Fellow Security Policeman/Security Forces
January 15, 2015


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