Police Officer Robert Peter DeKorte

Police Officer Robert Peter DeKorte

Coral Gables Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, January 21, 1972

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Robert Peter DeKorte

Police Officer Robert DeKorte was shot and killed when he responded to a holdup alarm at a local liquor store. When he arrived at the store he observed two suspects inside and attempted to stop them. The suspects opened fire, striking Officer DeKorte in the chest area. Officer DeKorte was able to grab onto both suspects until other officers arrived but the two broke free and led the other officers in a foot pursuit.

Neither of the responding officers knew Officer DeKorte had been wounded when they began to chase the suspects. Officer DeKorte then attempted to drive himself to the hospital but made it only one half mile before succumbing to his injuries.

One of the suspects was shot and killed by the responding officers and the second was apprehended and sentenced to life. He was denied parole in February 2012 and will be eligible for parole again in 2019.

Officer DeKorte had served with the Coral Gables Police Department for 20 years. He was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 5

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender One shot and killed

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Officer DeKorte,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Coral Gables. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 21, 2022

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