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Police Officer Robert Peter DeKorte | Coral Gables Police Department, Florida Coral Gables Police Department, Florida

Police Officer

Robert Peter DeKorte

Coral Gables Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Friday, January 21, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 20 years

Badge # 5

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: One shot and killed

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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.

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RIP Uncle Bob. I only met you once when I was a little girl but I remember to this day my Mom getting the phone call. I will alway remember your sacrifice to this country. Today I have the honor of leading the Patriot Guard Riders as we present a flag line at the Law Enforcement Memorial Service in Winston-Salem, NC. You, my Aunt and my cousins will be on my mind as always!

Karen Wayboer
May 14, 2013

 

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