Police Officer Robert Peter DeKorte

Police Officer Robert Peter DeKorte

Coral Gables Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, January 21, 1972

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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Not a day goes by that you are not missed. Life has gone on without you. Here are some of the things you missed. Lots of Uof M and Dolphins football games, including superbowls and championships. My high school and college graduations. My wedding. Not the same to have your brother walk you down the aisle. The birth of our beautiful daughters. One with your blonde hair and blue eyes. Bouncing them on your knee and taking them for pony rides. Basically spoiling them rotten. All of them, 7 grandchildren in all. Growing old with Mom, who has gotten to join you several years ago. I thank you for all the wonderful things you gave me, a heart filled with love, strong morals, and of course love of football. You were the best role model and I am sorry that I only had you for such a short time. Thank you for protecting and serving and making me proud!!!


March 24, 2017

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