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Police Officer Robert Buitrago | Winston-Salem Police Department, North Carolina Winston-Salem Police Department, North Carolina

Police Officer

Robert Buitrago

Winston-Salem Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Saturday, January 15, 1994

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 6 months

Badge # 541

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Officer Robert Buitrago was shot and killed while attempting to stop a robbery at a grocery store where he was shopping, despite being unarmed.

The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to death.

Officer Buitrago had served with the Winston-Salem Police Department for only 6 months.

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Rob,
It's been 22 years since you left us and I still remember the good times we had in the Corps. Please look after a new officer that has joined you Officer Ashley Guindon from Prince William County, Va. EOW 2/27/16. I was an officer with this dept for a few years 20 years ago. Officer Guindon was on her first shift after graduation when she was killed. Just like you she was energetic and full of life and taken away from us way too soon. RIP pal.

Brian Anderson
March 3, 2016

 

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