Deputy Sheriff Robert David Stolz

Deputy Sheriff Robert David Stolz

Mobile County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Monday, November 17, 1975

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Robert David Stolz

Deputy Sheriff Robert Stolz and Deputy Sheriff David Beck were shot and killed while searching a wooded area for two men who had fired a shotgun at another deputy who was pursuing them.

Deputy Stoltz and Deputy Beck were the first deputies to arrive in the area near the Mississippi line in western Mobile County. The subjects opened fire on both deputies, killing Deputy Stoltz before he was able to draw his weapon. Deputy Beck was also fatally wounded in the exchange of shots.

One of the subjects was found dead, suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. The other man was apprehended and sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. In 1989 and again in 1992, he received new trials and was sentenced to life each time. He was denied parole on March 20th, 2019, and died in prison in 2023.

Deputy Stolz had served with the Mobile County Sheriff's Office for two years. He was a United States Navy veteran and was one of the first crewmen of the USS Kittyhawk. He is survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

ambush, parolee, shots fired call

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As of June 2023, Jerre Chatom has died in prison of natural causes. He was one of the two killers of Deputy Sheriff Robert Stolz and Deputy Sheriff David Beck. Chatom died after serving nearly five decades in prison for his crimes. Our thoughts and prayers should go out to friends and families of Robert Stolz and David Beck.


July 23, 2023

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