Bio & Incident Details
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Incident Date: 11/28/1988
Weapon: Officer's handgun
Suspect: Murdered in prison
Officer Richard Boles and Officer David Strzalkowski were shot and killed after responding to a call in the Aventura area.
The call turned out to be bogus, called in by a paroled felon. When they located the complainant, the man began to struggle with them and gained control of Officer Boles' service weapon. He opened fire, fatally wounding both officers. During the struggle, the officers were able to put out a distress call and the responding officers arrested the suspect.
The suspect had been released from prison 10 days earlier after serving seven years of a 15 year sentence for attempted murder. On August 9, 1990, he was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to death. On April 19, 1995, he and another death row inmate were stabbed to death by two fellow inmates in the exercise yard at the Florida State Penitentiary.
Officer Boles is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.
Related Line of Duty Deaths
Police Officer David Henry Strzalkowski