Officer Robert Lee Timberlake, Jr.

Officer Robert Lee Timberlake, Jr.

United States General Services Administration - Federal Protective Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, January 24, 1979

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Robert Lee Timberlake, Jr.

Officer Robert Timberlake was shot and killed with his own service weapon while dealing with a transient in the lobby of the Tampa Federal Building in Tampa, Florida.

The subject had entered an elevator and Officer Timberlake followed him in. While in the elevator a struggle ensued and the suspect gained control of Officer Timberlake's .38 caliber handgun and shot him several times. The subject was severely wounded by other federal agents when the elevator doors opened.

The man was found incompetent to stand trial and was sent to the state mental hospital in Chattahoochee until ruled competent enough to stand trial, which occurred in 1980. He received prison sentences of 20 years for each attempted murder and 5 years for each assault, to be served concurrently with his time in the hospital.

The Tampa Federal Building was renamed the Timberlake Federal Building in Officer Timberlake's memory.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Florida
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Found incompetent


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Officer Timberlake yesterday was the anniversary of your line of duty death. No matter how much time passes you are never forgotten. You are a true American Hero. It was ONE of the greatest honors of my life (the greatest honor being a father/husband) safeguarding America's federal buildings before I became a banker. That is something we both knew. I will never forget you. I will be thinking of you at Sunday mass at my home parish of St. Brigid of Kildare South Boston this month.

Former Protective Security Officer (PSO) for Region 1 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Protective Service Police, Pete Harrington BostonMA

January 25, 2016

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