Officer Robert K. Best

Officer Robert K. Best

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Wednesday, December 15, 1982

Robert K. Best

Officer Robert Best was shot and killed during a foot pursuit of an auto theft suspect. Officer Best and his partner were working a plainclothes detail when they observed the stolen vehicle. They chased the vehicle into Suitland, Maryland, where the suspects bailed out with the officers in pursuit. As Officer Best rounded the corner of a building the suspect placed a gun to Officer Best's head and fired.

The first shot missed, but as Officer Best fell the suspect shot him twice in the back. The suspect was shot and wounded by other officers before committing suicide.

Officer Best had served with the agency for 1 year.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 1779

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Maryland
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Rest in peace Officer Best. A DC hero!

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 8, 2018

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