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Trooper Robert Patrick McDermon, Sr. | Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Florida Highway Patrol, Florida


Robert Patrick McDermon, Sr.

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, April 11, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 11 years

Badge # 848

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Executed in 1992

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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.

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My husband just found out about this page from Wanda's page. He and Bob had been friends since grade school. We had just connected again with Bob and Wanda a few weeks before the day he got killed. Our son, Michael is a day older than Robin and we did a lot of things with them when the kids were very young. We helped them move when he was assigned to work in Miami. We think of Bob and Wanda quite often and Michael thought the sun rose and set in Bob. I think how senseless his death was. Kennedy should have been shot the day he was caught.

Pat Gillis
June 7, 2016


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