Sergeant Robert Preston Palmer

Sergeant Robert Preston Palmer

Elsmere Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Tuesday, September 25, 1990

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Robert Preston Palmer

Sergeant Robert Palmer was shot and killed during an unprovoked attack. He was shot September 3, 1990 by his wife's ex-husband who had already gunned down the officers two and three year old children. He returned fire, killing the assailant

Sergeant Palmer died of his wounds September 25, 1990.

Sergeant Palmer had served with the agency for 11 years. He is survived by his son.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 1303

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, September 3, 1990
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Killed by Sergeant Palmer

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Bob was a very close friend of the family, always stopping by to chat. Excellent family man, cared deeply for his children. He died trying to protect them. I know the full story behind this tragedy and I attended his funeral and children's funerals. RIP Bob and your buddy Frank (my dad) has just joined you. Enjoy chatting on the front porch and drinking a beer.


February 7, 2019

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