Deputy Sheriff Frank Dean Genovese

Deputy Sheriff Frank Dean Genovese

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, June 3, 1982

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Frank Dean Genovese

Deputy Sheriff Frank Genovese was shot and killed while participating in a SWAT team operation during a standoff with an armed suspect on 10th Lane in Greenacres.

The suspect, who had set his furniture on fire and was threatening to blow up his apartment, surrendered to police after a four-hour siege.

Although the suspect had fired at officers he was acquitted December 14th, 1984, after his attorney convinced a jury that an officer's return fire may have killed Deputy Genovese.

Six months later the suspect was charged with the attempted murder of a Miami police officer during a wild chase. The pursuit ended when he plowed his Corvette into four police cars at a roadblock, injuring one officer. On March 18th, 1988, he was charged with numerous firearms violations including the sale and possession of machine guns after his arrest by ATF agents and Miami Police Department detectives.

Deputy Genovese was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department for 16 months. Before that, he served with the Daytona Beach Police Department for three years.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year, 4 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Acquitted

barricade, swat

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The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 20, 2016

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