Police Officer Nathaniel K. Broom

Police Officer Nathaniel K. Broom

Miami Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, September 2, 1981

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Nathaniel K. Broom

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.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 8 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Died in prison

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Nat, I still remember our last conversation the night before you died. I still remember how much you loved the job and the excitement in your voice when you spoke of it. I still remember the things you described to me that you had experienced and how they affected you.
And most of all I still remember you saying "one of these days a chase is going to be the end of me yet " What I didn't know was it would be the next day.
You were the greatest of friends and we shared lots of stories. You will forever be in my heart.

Commander, Eunice Cooper(Retired)
Miami Poice Dept.

May 2, 2019

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