Sergeant Bruce Allen Prothero

Sergeant Bruce Allen Prothero

Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Monday, February 7, 2000

Bruce Allen Prothero

Sergeant Bruce Prothero was shot and killed while moonlighting as a security guard at a local jewelry store.

Two suspects had entered the store and displayed handguns. After taking jewelry, they exited the store and were pursued by Sergeant Prothero. 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 hiding in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All four assailants were found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. One of the suspects died in prison Febuary 25, 2008.

Sergeant Prothero had been employed with the Baltimore County Police Department for 13 years, and 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

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Dear brother Bruce, I to am reading “The other Wesley Moore” and it brought back many memories as I was just a young Maryland State Trooper at the time of your murder. Unfortunately not much has changed since your death in fact it’s actually worse. Too many in power keep going down the same road expecting different results. Rest in Prace my friend.

Dan Nelson Lt Ret.
Md State Police

December 18, 2017

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