Trooper Frederick J. Groves, Jr.

Trooper Frederick J. Groves, Jr.

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, September 18, 1984

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Frederick J. Groves, Jr.

Trooper Frederick Groves was shot and killed after making a traffic stop in Palm Beach County. The stop occurred along the southbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike two miles north of Okeechobee Road in West Palm Beach.

As Trooper Frederick 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 21-year-old suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison 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 my Grandfathers sisters oldest son. I met him a few times in the 70s when i was 5 to 13 years old.( I was born in 1970). He was from the Newport News, Virginia area. His Mom was one of my Favorite Aunts. She Babysit me a lot in the 1970s. I met FRED a few times when he would come home for Family Visits. I was a young kid but I'm remember him being a strong man, who went out of his way to make me laugh and smile. He once ate some of his moms dogs biscuits just to make me laugh. Even though i only met him a few times, He made a strong impact on me. I know his Mom loved him a lot and missed him greatly. His whole family missed him a lot. I remember my Grandmother and Grandfather watching the court case closely after he was killed. My Family missed him a lot, including me. I know it took a great toil on his Mother after he was killed. I just want to say I'm grateful people still remember him and his sacrifice to our GREAT COUNTRY! Theres not to many of our Family left now, but his memory lives on with me. Thanks for remembering what a member of my Family Sacrificed for our Great Country ! God Bless, Ryan Kemp

Ryan Keith Kemp
I Guess He is my First Cousin,OnceRemoved

February 6, 2021

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