Police Officer Robert J. Stanze, II

Police Officer Robert J. Stanze, II

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Tuesday, August 8, 2000

Robert J. Stanze, II

Officer Stanze was shot and killed while arresting a suspect wanted in a shooting of another officer.

Officer Stanze and another officer had handcuffed the suspect and placed him in the back of the cruiser. The suspect then drew a handgun he had hidden and opened fire on the officers while they were standing outside. Officer Stanze, who was wearing his bullet proof vest, was struck in the side and the round entered his torso between the two panels. The second officer returned fire, wounding the suspect.

In December, 2001 the suspect plead guilty and was sentenced to life.

Officer Stanze had served with the St. Louis Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife, who was expectant with twins, and a child.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Well bob it’s been 18 years tomorrow since you past still remember sgt Dennis Crowe calling me to hang the black bunting at central patrol hearing it was you was at a loss for words. Well me and my grand daughter was over at resurrection my grandson is buried there well we went by your headstone and Elena was cleaning the leafs away from your headstone. Always remember box you maybe gone but never forgotten.

Former custodian stlpd James Young
Saint Louis metropolitan police department

August 7, 2018

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