Trooper Robert A. Paris

Trooper Robert A. Paris

Delaware State Police, Delaware

End of Watch Thursday, October 17, 1963

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Robert A. Paris

Trooper Robert Paris was shot and killed while on a special burglary detail checking local motels. He and his partner encountered two men stealing televisions from rooms of a hotel at 3:40 am. When they approached the men a shootout ensued and Trooper Paris was fatally wounded by a shotgun blast.

The two suspects and their getaway driver were apprehended following a large manhunt. The shooter was sentenced to life. The the other two suspects were sentenced to 16 and 18 years in prison.

Trooper Paris had served with the agency for 4.5 years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 4 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Trooper Paris, on this 57th anniversary of your untimely and heroic departure, your memory and sacrifice is every bit alive and appreciated as it was then. Rest in peace always and know that your memory and sacrifice will never be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren and your brothers and sisters with the Delaware State Police.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

October 17, 2020

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