Sergeant Bruce Allen Prothero

Sergeant Bruce Allen Prothero

Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Monday, February 7, 2000

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Bruce Allen Prothero

Sergeant Bruce Prothero was shot and killed while working an overtime assignment at a local jewelry store at the intersection of Reistertown Road and Hooks Lane.

Two suspects had entered the store and displayed handguns. After taking jewelry, they exited the store and were pursued by Sergeant Prothero across the street. The suspects shot at Sergeant Prothero in the parking lot, striking him twice. Sergeant Prothero was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The suspects entered a getaway car driven by a third suspect and fled the scene. Two suspects were arrested several days later. The other two suspects were arrested approximately two weeks later in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All four assailants were found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. One of the suspects died in prison on February 25th, 2008.

Sergeant Prothero had served with the Baltimore County Police Department for 13 years. He is survived by his wife and five young children, including triplets.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Four sentenced to life

foot pursuit, robbery, secondary employment

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I thought of Bruce often. He was a kind man and an amazing encourager. As an office fresh from the academy, I was assigned the Garrison precinct where Bruce was a patrolman. He would always seek me out to make sure I was doing ok. He always have a word of encouragement and he would find something to give you a compliment. He was a fine human being. The day he was viciously killed, I lost it and cried openly in front the TV camera. Even now when I think of him, my eyes tear up. I pray for his wife and children.

Officer 1st class

March 12, 2020

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