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Sergeant Bruce Allen Prothero | Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland


Bruce Allen Prothero

Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch: Monday, February 7, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 13 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Four sentenced to life

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Sergeant Bruce Prothero was shot and killed while moonlighting as a security guard at a local jewelry store.

Two suspects had entered the store and displayed handguns. After taking jewelry, they exited the store and were pursued by Sergeant Prothero. The suspects shot at Sergeant Prothero in the parking lot, striking him twice. Sergeant Prothero was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The suspects entered a getaway car driven by a third suspect and fled the scene. Two suspects were arrested several days later. The other two suspects were arrested approximately two weeks later hiding in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All four assailants were found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. One of the suspects died in prison Febuary 25, 2008.

Sergeant Prothero had been employed with the Baltimore County Police Department for 13 years, and is survived by his wife and five young children, including triplets.

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I learned about you through the book ;
"The other Wes Moore" I'm sure a lot who read this will have heard about this, I just wanted to say I dont think by any means the book is trying to condone what was done, and the pain and suffering your family is going through at the moment is terrible. I'm truly sorry that you were doing your job and got put down. I honestly got overwhelmed with sadness when I read how everything went down. I hope to all that reads this knows that people that didn't even know the Sargent are hurt, but to urge you to understand both sides.

Tryshana Garraway
University of Toledo student
July 12, 2017


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