Detective Robert L. Parker

Detective Robert L. Parker

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, September 10, 2004

Robert L. Parker

Detective Parker and Detective Patrick Rafferty were shot and killed when they attempted to arrest a suspect on a domestic violence complaint.

The two detectives had been working on a case involving the suspect. They received a call from the suspect's mother who told them the man had returned home and was attempting to take her car.

Detective Rafferty and Detective Parker responded to the location, on East 49th Street, between Snyder Avenue and Tilden Avenue in Brooklyn. The detectives intentionally drove the wrong way down East 49th Street and boxed in the auto that the suspect was in. When the detectives moved in to make the arrest, a violent struggle ensued and the suspect was able to gain control of Detective Parker's 9mm service weapon. The suspect then opened fire, striking both detectives in the chest. Detective Rafferty was able to return fire, wounding the suspect in the leg.

Before he died, Detective Parker was able to call 911 from his cell phone and identify his killer to the operator. He was also able tell the first responding officers the identity of the suspect and direct them to a photo of him that was in his police vehicle.

The suspect fled the location after car jacking a woman. He was apprehended less than two hours later, several blocks away from the location where he murdered Detective Parker and Detective Rafferty, after a citizen called 911 to report a suspicious man in his building.

Detective Rafferty and Detective Parker were taken to Kings County Hospital where they died from their wounds.

The suspect was charged with first degree murder and later convicted after a trial in which he claimed that he shot Detective Parker and Detective Rafferty in self defense. He was sentenced to two life terms in prison with no possibility of parole.

Detective Parker was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department’s Medal of Honor for his actions.

Detective Parker had served with the New York City Police Department for 22 years, and was assigned to the 67th Precinct Detective Squad. He is survived by his daughter.

Bio

  • Age 43
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge 2988

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life without parole

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New cop says slain detective godfather would be proud
BY THOMAS TRACY
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, December 27, 2017

When she graduates from the NYPD police academy Thursday, Malika Grant will be giving a silent thank you to the man who helped her every step of the way — her godfather, a cop shot to death on the job 13 years ago.

“I know he’s extremely proud of me,” Grant, 24, said about NYPD Detective Robert Parker.

Even though Parker is no longer alive, Grant feels her big, burly godfather helped guide her through the academy.

“I felt like he was a part of everything,” she said. “I couldn’t have gotten through it without him.”

At the graduation ceremony at the Beacon Theater Thursday, Grant will be proudly wearing Parker’s badge number 28544, which he wore as an officer. In a few years, she hopes to be sporting his detective shield number.

Parker and Detective Patrick Rafferty were shot to death responding to a domestic disturbance in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, on Sept. 10, 2004.

Malika Grant, who is expected to graduate from the NYPD police academy, will wear her godfather's NYPD police shield. Grant's sister, Alaisa Hendrick, right, pinned her sister's shield.
Malika Grant, who is expected to graduate from the NYPD police academy, will wear her godfather's NYPD police shield. Grant's sister, Alaisa Hendrick, right, pinned her sister's shield.
Their killer’s mother had called police complaining her son, Marlon Legere had repeatedly taken her car without permission. When the detectives

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