Police Officer Donald Bernard Kramer

Police Officer Donald Bernard Kramer

Miami Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, February 25, 1984

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Donald Bernard Kramer

Police Officer Donald Kramer was shot and killed while pursuing a homeless man thought to be drunk.

He was on patrol when a homeless man spotted him and began to run. Officer Kramer chased him and caught him in an alley behind 662 Washington Avenue. The man suddenly swung around and shot Officer Kramer in the head, then twice more after he fell to the ground. The suspect was later arrested and charged with murder.

The man was found incompetent to stand trial and committed in a maximum security psychiatric hospital.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 34

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, February 23, 1984
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Committed

DIP, foot pursuit

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Don Kramer and I were in BLE 52 together. I will always remember running along side of you in the pack of the pack together. Spending time with you was always a happy time. You had a heart of gold and served your community with compassion and dignity. It’s been a long 35 years since you grace this Earth, but you will never be forgotten, heroes never are. As I watch another hero’s funeral processions today (Ofc. Jordan Sheldon, Mooresville, NC PD). Another good man is taken from us. Welcome him to heaven with the other brothers and sisters in blue fallen too soon.

Police Officer Laurel L. Finnegan-Galvan
Metro Dade Police Department

May 10, 2019

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