Police Officer Victor Estefan

Police Officer Victor Estefan

Miami Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, March 31, 1988

Victor Estefan

Officer Victor Estefan was shot and killed after making a traffic stop. As he approached the vehicle to get the driver's information he was shot and killed.

The suspects, who were brothers, were arrested in California after a shootout with the California Highway Patrol during a nationwide manhunt.

Both suspects were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. In 1997 the Florida Supreme Court overturned their convictions stating they had not received a fair trial. In March 2013, a jury declared a mistrial for the alleged gunman, and the suspect is still being held awaiting another trial. The brothers are serving life sentences for attempted murder of the CHP officers in southern California.

Officer Estefan was survived by his wife, son, daughter, and grandson.


  • Age 49
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Officer Estefan lived in the neighborhood I grew up in. Many nights he would drive by and see us in auburndale elementary field and he would kindly and in a way that fathers talk to their young man send us home. I worked with him as police officer from 1982- 1988. He was the same way with the young cops. Always teaching, encouraging and genuinely cared. Always smiling and uplifting to other police officers. When he passed I felt like I had lost a member of my family. What a loss.

Armando Castro
Admired Greatly

February 25, 2018

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