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Park Ranger Robert Lewis McGhee, Jr. | United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government

Park Ranger

Robert Lewis McGhee, Jr.

United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Saturday, May 26, 1990

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Mississippi

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Both sentenced to life

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Ranger Robert McGhee was shot and killed in the Gulf Islands National Seashore Park, Mississippi, by two convicts who had escaped from a Florida correctional facility. The convicts were able to steal a .38 caliber revolver from one of the corrections officers during the escape.

A female hostage the two had taken was able to escape and notified police of their location, causing the suspects to flee into the park. Ranger McGhee stopped the suspects when they ran a stop sign, not knowing that they were wanted. During the stop the suspects opened fire, killing Ranger McGhee.

The suspects were apprehended after a shootout with another police officer in which one of the suspects was wounded. They were found guilty of murder of a federal police officer and sentenced to life in prison.

One of the suspects, John Woolard, later escaped from Parchman Prison in 2000 with yet another prisoner. He was recaptured, after an extensive manhunt, in Lowell, Indiana.

Ranger McGhee was survived by his wife, Linda, and their daughter Karla, and Kevin McGhee.

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Mr. McGhee, was one of the Nicest people one could have ever met in this life. Glad I was on duty and took part in capturing the felon inmate who had escaped from Florida. I was just a Reserve Officer at the time but our Chief had confidence in my ability to serve and protect, and for that I am forever Grateful.

Joseph B. Robinson. Reserve officer
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April 5, 2016

 

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