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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Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 18, 2020

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