Officer Lois Marie Marrero

Officer Lois Marie Marrero

Tampa Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, July 6, 2001

Lois Marie Marrero

Officer Lois Marrero was shot and killed when she was ambushed by a bank robber during a foot chase.

The suspect had just robbed a bank branch and ran into an apartment complex with Officer Marrero in pursuit. He hid behind a car and shot her as she neared his location. A second officer was shot and wounded during the shootout. The suspect then fled into a nearby apartment, took hostages, and then committed suicide several hours later during a standoff.

An accomplice to the robbery was sentenced to life in prison on June 23, 2003.

Officer Marrero had been employed with the Tampa Police Department for 18 years, and is survived by her life companion, who also serves as an officer with the department. Officer Marrero is the first female officer from her department to be killed in the line of duty.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 327

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Officer Marrero, My name is S. Pérez and I am currently in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Academy. My graduation date is set for July 6, 2018 on the 17th anniversary of your passing. In the hopes to honor you and your legacy that you built throughout your career, I will dedicate my graduation and everyday leading up to it to you. Thank you for your great example of what an exceptional peaceful officer should look like. Thank you for all of your hard work and sacrifice!

Recruit Pérez Stacie Pérez
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

February 25, 2018

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