Officer Robert K. Best

Officer Robert K. Best

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Wednesday, December 15, 1982

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Robert K. Best

Officer Robert Best was shot and killed during a foot pursuit of an auto theft suspect in an apartment complex at 3200 Curtis Drive in Suitland, Maryland.

He and his partner were working a plainclothes detail when they observed the stolen vehicle. They chased the vehicle into 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 his head and fired.

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

Officer Best had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for one year.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 1779

Incident Details

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

foot pursuit, plainclothes, stolen vehicle

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After 40 years I still remember every detail about that night. I was the first officer to respond for back up and unfortunately arrived just seconds before Robert was shot but thankfully was able to chase the subject down. I still regret to this day not getting there sooner. Rest in peace Robert, I haven't forgotten you.

Ofc. Ed Stulga
Metropolitan Police

December 15, 2022

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