Detective Gerald A. Rauft

Detective Gerald A. Rauft

Tampa Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, July 24, 1981

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Gerald A. Rauft

Detective Rauft was shot and killed during an undercover operation to purchase 100 pounds of marijuana. During the deal, a shootout erupted and Detective Rauft was fatally wounded, and another officer was seriously wounded.

Four suspects were apprehended. The 28-year-old triggerman was declared mentally incompetent to stand trial and sent to a mental institution. In 1986 he was deemed competent and was convicted of first-degree murder and and sentenced to death. On May 5, 2012, he was resentenced to life. He died in prison on May 30, 2020.

Detective Rauft had been with the agency for eight years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Bio

  • Age 38
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

narcotics, undercover

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Thank you for your service and today we take the time to remind you and your family that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your LE brethren. Rest in peace always.

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

July 24, 2020

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