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Police Officer Robert T. Fike | Phoenix Police Department, Arizona Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

Police Officer

Robert T. Fike

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 8, 1986

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 3281

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/8/1986

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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Officer Robert Fike was shot and killed by a suspect while standing next to his patrol car. Two citizens found him after the shooting and used his radio to call for help. A suspect, who had committed an armed robbery just before Officer Fike's murder, was arrested seven weeks later and charged with murder and armed robbery.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life.

Officer Fike was a former Officer of the Year and had been employed with the Phoenix Police Department for ten years. He is survived by his wife and two young sons.

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I worked on the same squad with Bob at Squaw Peak Station in the late 70's. Later when I was working in drug enforcement and he was in street crimes, he provided a big break for us in a very difficult case. That break was no coincidence. It came about because Bob was doing what he did best - kicking over rocks to find the bad guys. He had an amazing talent for that. But the only way you would know about it was to work with him on the streets. He was not one to sing his own praises. Since retiring in 2007, I have worked for the US Government in many foreign countries and now in Washington DC. I think of him often and have worn his PHX PD memorial pen every day on my lapel. Rest in Peace, Bob.

John L. Buchanan
US Coast Guard Investigative Service
September 23, 2014


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