Deputy Sheriff Frank Dean Genovese

Deputy Sheriff Frank Dean Genovese

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, June 3, 1982

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Frank Dean Genovese

Deputy Sheriff Frank Genovese was shot and killed while participating in a SWAT team operation during a standoff with an armed suspect on 10th Lane in Greenacres.

The suspect, who had set his furniture on fire and was threatening to blow up his apartment, surrendered to police after a four-hour siege.

Although the suspect had fired at officers, he was acquitted on December 14th, 1984, after his attorney convinced a jury that an officer's return fire may have killed Deputy Genovese.

Six months later, the suspect was charged with the attempted murder of a Miami police officer during a wild chase. The pursuit ended when he plowed his Corvette into four police cars at a roadblock, injuring one officer. On March 18th, 1988, he was charged with numerous firearms violations, including the sale and possession of machine guns, after his arrest by ATF agents and Miami Police Department detectives.

Deputy Genovese was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department for 16 months. Before that, he served with the Daytona Beach Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and parents.

Deputy Genovese was posthumously presented with the Medal of Honor on September 13th, 1982.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 3 years, 4 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Acquitted

barricade, swat

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I never knew Frank, but I knew his Dad. My Dad and his dad started a Son's of Italy lodge in Frank's name. I joined the Daytona Beach Police Department on January 3, 1983. I retired on February 16, 2021.

Lieutenant Nicholas Fiore
Daytona Beach Police Department

January 6, 2023

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