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Officer Lois Marie Marrero | Tampa Police Department, Florida Tampa Police Department, Florida

Officer

Lois Marie Marrero

Tampa Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Friday, July 6, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 18 years

Badge # 327

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Lois Marrero was shot and killed when she was ambushed by a bank robber during a foot chase.

The suspect had just robbed a bank branch and ran into an apartment complex with Officer Marrero in pursuit. He hid behind a car and shot her as she neared his location. A second officer was shot and wounded during the shootout. The suspect then fled into a nearby apartment, took hostages, and then committed suicide several hours later during a standoff.

An accomplice to the robbery was sentenced to life in prison on June 23, 2003.

Officer Marrero had been employed with the Tampa Police Department for 18 years, and is survived by her life companion, who also serves as an officer with the department. Officer Marrero is the first female officer from her department to be killed in the line of duty.

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Every time I hear of an officer down, I think of her.
She was a wonderful officer and great Lady

Hard to believe that it has been 15 years

Fred Corryn
Father to a "Police Explorer" at that time
July 7, 2016

 

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