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Police Officer Nathaniel K. Broom | Miami Police Department, Florida Miami Police Department, Florida

Police Officer

Nathaniel K. Broom

Miami Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 2, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 8 months

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Died in prison

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Police Officer Nathaniel Broom was shot and killed during a foot pursuit while attempting a traffic stop near the intersection of NW 2nd Avenue and NW 11th Street.

He and his partner were on their way to the radio shop to replace a defective radio when they observed a vehicle travel the wrong way down a one-way street. The vehicle came to a stop and all three suspects jumped out and ran.

Officer Broom stopped his vehicle in a way that prevented his partner from exiting and went in foot pursuit of one of the suspects. As he turned a corner in a building the subject shot him in the chest, killing him instantly. His partner was not able to call for backup due to the faulty radio.

Fingerprints on the car led to the suspect's arrest two days later. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death March 4th, 1982. The subject died in prison in January 2014 while still awaiting execution.

Officer Broom was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Miami Police Department for eight months. He is survived by his parents and sister.

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It has been 36 years and a few days since that fateful day you were taken from us. I still remember that day as if it were yesterday. I remember what we were doing the day before(chasing a couple of thugs who had stolen a moped)after catching them and placing them into the paddy wagon, we were hot and sweaty and complaining about the vests. Nate, you were a good person and a good friend.

Ben Gentry
Miami Police
September 16, 2017

 

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