Trooper Charles W. "Chuck" Parks

Trooper Charles W. "Chuck" Parks

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, February 6, 1973

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Charles W. "Chuck" Parks

Trooper Charles Parks was shot and killed when he stopped two armed robbery suspects on Interstate 95 in Nassau County just north of Jacksonville.

The suspects had robbed a finance company in Woodbine, Georgia. One suspect shot him when he found the money they took during a search of their car. Both were apprehended a mile from the scene by several state troopers. Trooper Parks' service revolver was found in their car.

Both suspects, 20 and 22, were charged with murder. The youngest was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life. The other was convicted of third degree murder and sentenced to 15 years.

I-95 at the Welcome Center in Nassau County, Florida, was renamed the Trooper Charles W. Parks Memorial Highway.

Trooper Parks had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for six years. He is survived by his pregnant wife and daughter. His second daughter was born a few months later.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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He was my dad's best friend...Jerry Hart. My dad was also a Florida State Trooper.

Kimberly Hart
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March 7, 2024

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