Trooper Frederick J. Groves, Jr.

Trooper Frederick J. Groves, Jr.

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, September 18, 1984

Frederick J. Groves, Jr.

Trooper Frederick Groves was shot and killed after making a traffic stop in Palm Beach County.

As he searched the trunk of the car, he was shot by a passenger when he discovered a suitcase full of marijuana.

The suspect and the driver were arrested the next day.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life on March 27, 1987. His accomplice was convicted of third degree murder and sentenced to seven years.

Trooper Groves had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for 14 years.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, September 15, 1984
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Over thirty years later, I still remember "What's Up Bubba" each time we met or saw each other, the jokes, laughter and family time. I often think of you and reflect on the the good times we spent together. The house warming gift presented to me after the purchase of our new home . My Brother, My Friend, you are truly missed.

Trooper Jonas C. Jacobs
Florida Highway Patrol (Retired)

March 9, 2018

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