Police Officer David Henry Strzalkowski

Police Officer David Henry Strzalkowski

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Monday, November 28, 1988

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David Henry Strzalkowski

Police Officer David Strzalkowski and Officer Richard Boles were shot and killed after responding to a call in a trailer park at Northeast 200th Street and West Dixie Highway.

The call turned out to be a fake call made by a paroled felon intended to have officers respond. When they located the complainant, the man attacked them with a piece of pipe before gaining control of Officer Boles' service weapon. He opened fire, fatally wounding both officers. During the struggle, the officers were able to put out a distress call and the responding officers arrested the man.

The subject had been released from prison 10 days earlier after serving seven years of a 15-year sentence for attempted murder. On August 9th, 1990, he was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. On April 19th, 1995, he and another death row inmate were stabbed to death by two fellow inmates in the exercise yard at the Florida State Penitentiary.

Officer Strzalkowski had served with the Metro-Dade Police Department for six years. He was survived by his expectant wife, son, and father.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 3663

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Murdered in prison

ambush, parolee

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Dave, 34 years later we have not forgotten.

Bart Cohen

November 27, 2022

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