Police Officer Robert Vargas

Police Officer Robert Vargas

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, February 7, 1997

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Robert Vargas

Police Officer Robert Vargas was killed in an on-duty crash while responding to a vehicle pursuit.

As he entered the intersection of NW 54th Street and 24th Avenue, with his emergency equipment activated, he was struck by another vehicle that ran a stop sign. That vehicle pushed his patrol car into a third vehicle. Officer Vargas was killed instantly.

Officer Vargas was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Metro-Dade Police Department for three years. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, and mother.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 3170
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

automobile accident, emergency response, vehicle crash

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My friend Robert. We were friends since elementary school. I recently went home back to Miami and saw a street named after him. I couldn’t believe it. The last time I saw him. Before going back to NYC. He just joined MDPD. He was so excited. Heartbreaking to find out this way. May you rest in peace my friend!

Anthony Ortiz

March 27, 2023

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