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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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I think of you often as I continue in this careeer. Without you and Ann pursuading me (mostly you) to apply and encouraging me through the process, I would never be here. Bruce, it is hard not to question why you were taken so soon but you were obviously needed in Heaven for greater things. I take comfort in knowing that you are still here with us and know that you are always watching over Ann, your children and your police family.

Missing you always #3232. Until we meet again....

Det. Wheeler-Felts
BCOPD
February 7, 2014

 

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