Trooper Frederick J. Groves, Jr.

Trooper Frederick J. Groves, Jr.

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, September 18, 1984

Frederick J. Groves, Jr.

Trooper Frederick Groves was shot and killed after making a traffic stop in Palm Beach County.

As he searched the trunk of the car, he was shot by a passenger when he discovered a suitcase full of marijuana.

The suspect and the driver were arrested the next day.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life on March 27, 1987. His accomplice was convicted of third degree murder and sentenced to seven years.

Trooper Groves had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for 14 years.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, September 15, 1984
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Fred Groves was one of the kindest most generous men I have ever known. Dedicated to his family, friends and his job as a State Trooper. I saw him pick up hitchhikers that were void of hope and put them up in a hotel with a good meal and a few bucks. He will always be an inspiration to me of good person should strive for. Always in my heart, Rest in Peace Fred.

DOS (Retired) Annamaria Parrish
Florida Highway Patrol (Dispatcher)

August 9, 2017

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