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

Sergeant

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

Incident Date: 2/7/2000

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: 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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Bruce was a great inspiration to me as I grew up in the Law Enforcement world as a Police Explorer and Auxiliary Police Officer at the Pct. 02 Woodlawn. Thank you sir for your words of wisdom and for inspiring me to be the best that I can be in my career. Not a day goes by that I dont think about our conversations. You are truly missed.

Pfc. Thomas Brannan
Riverdale Park Police Dept.
October 1, 2014

 

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