Trooper Robert Patrick McDermon, Sr.

Trooper Robert Patrick McDermon, Sr.

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, April 11, 1981

Robert Patrick McDermon, Sr.

Trooper Robert McDermon was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend an escaped prisoner in Baldwin.

Trooper McDermon was off duty and was with his cousin when they returned to his cousin's home. They encountered a man inside who had just escaped from the Union Correctional Institution. Trooper McDermon confronted the man, who had armed himself with a shotgun and rifle he found in the home, and exchanged shots. Both Trooper McDermon and his cousin were shot and killed. The suspect fled the scene but surrendered a short time later after taking a neighbor hostage.

The suspect was found guilty of both murders and executed on July 21st, 1992.

Trooper McDermon had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for 11 years and had previously served with the United States Army. He is survived by his wife and two kids.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 848
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Executed in 1992

escape, off duty

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Bob was a good friend. We had lots of good times both during work and after. He had a great sense of humor and loved his job. The day he was killed I was at work with JSO, but not near where this happened.

When my Sgt was after me to write more tickets I would find Bob on I-95 (northside) and he would run radar and I would chase em down and write the ticket! Good times!

Officer Rusty Andreasen, JSO-Retired
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

May 25, 2018

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