Sergeant Danny Thomas Parrish

Sergeant Danny Thomas Parrish

Fort Pierce Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, January 18, 1991

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Danny Thomas Parrish

Sergeant Danny Parrish was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling in the wrong way on a one-way street and had one headlight out.

The 18-year-old driver attempted to give Officer Parrish false names. Realizing this, Sergeant Parrish attempted to arrest the suspect, who then spun around on the officer and took his service weapon. The suspect then shot him 14 times before fleeing. He was arrested the same night with the remaining two rounds from Sergeant Parrish's gun in his front pocket. The weapon was found buried in the suspect's backyard.

The suspect was sentenced to death and is now waiting for an appeal.

Sergeant Parrish had served with the Fort Pierce Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and parents.

Sergeant Parrish was posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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I attended Danny's funeral and was moved by the whole event. It was my first police officer funeral. I have attended many more since that day.
I have often thought about him over the years. His life and death inspired me to strive to be the best police officer that I could be. Rest in Peace my brother. Rest in Peace.

Officer John Zeigler
Okeechobee Police Department (Retired)

May 15, 2023

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