Police Officer Victor Estefan

Police Officer Victor Estefan

Miami Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, March 31, 1988

Victor Estefan

Officer Victor Estefan was shot and killed after making a traffic stop. As he approached the vehicle to get the driver's information he was shot and killed.

The suspects, who were brothers, were arrested in California after a shootout with the California Highway Patrol during a nationwide manhunt.

Both suspects were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. In 1997 the Florida Supreme Court overturned their convictions stating they had not received a fair trial. In March 2013, a jury declared a mistrial for the alleged gunman, and the suspect is still being held awaiting another trial. The brothers are serving life sentences for attempted murder of the CHP officers in southern California.

Officer Estefan was survived by his wife, son, daughter, and grandson.


  • Age 49
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Although I never met you, I was raised my entire life hearing your stories and being told how much of an outstanding Officer you were. I am your other grandson, that you never met. Even though I was not named after you, I still carry the name Estefan. I proudly wear my Uniform with the name "Estefan", and love it every time I am asked by another officer if I was related to you. I have now been a police officer for four years and I wish everyday that you were here so you could see me as a police officer. I would have loved to taken you for a ride in my marked police vehicle, my dad (your son Angel) knows I kept it clean. I also kept your photo inside my police car because every night that I go on patrol, I take you with me. A lot of people do miss you and speak greatness of you. Though we never met I feel that I have known you my entire life and sometimes feel your presence on the road with me. I thank you for raising my father Angel the way you did because he raised me the same way and made me into a man. I thank you for your service and heroism, at least in the Estefan family you WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. Rest in peace Victor (PAPA SMURF).


April 28, 2016

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