Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 13 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 2/7/2000
Suspect: Four sentenced to life
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.