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Patrolman Robert Dale Hoelzel | Normandy Police Department, Missouri Normandy Police Department, Missouri

Patrolman

Robert Dale Hoelzel

Normandy Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Thursday, January 6, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 106

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Luger

Offender: Guilty of Capital Murder

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Patrolman Robert Hoelzel was shot and killed while responding to a hold up alarm at 7246 Natural Bridge (Horstmeyer Jewelers).

When Patrolman Hoelzel entered the store the suspect began firing his revolver at Officer Hoelzel from behind a basement door. Officer Hoelzel immediately took cover behind a merchandise rack. While waiting to engage the suspect, the suspect ran toward Officer Hoelzel's position firing one more shot, killing him.

As the suspect exited the store Officer Hoelzel's partner engaged the suspect in gunfire wounding the suspect in the chest. The suspect was able to run for several blocks and break into the home of an elderly woman, where he was eventually taken into custody.

The suspect, an ex-convict, was found guilty of capital murder and sentenced to life.

Patrolman Hoelzel had served with the agency for nine years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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I lived behind the jewelry shop, was a student at UMSL and saw the murderer escape, and later testified at the trial. It was a snowy day, and I'll always remember it.
The trial was heavily guarded because it was rumored someone was going to try to free the killer.
My brother later served with Normandy Police

Steven Clark
April 17, 2017

 

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