Officer Robert D. Handwerk

Officer Robert D. Handwerk

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Friday, January 24, 1964

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Robert D. Handwerk

Officer Robert Handwerk was shot and killed as he and his partner responded to a robbery in progress at a deli at 1364 Florida Avenue, NE.

When the officers confronted one of the suspects, both men opened fire, striking Officer Handwerk five times. His partner was shot once in the leg and wounded. Despite the wound, he was able to return fire and struck one of the subjects as he fled.

Both subjects were arrested and charged with Officer Handwerk's murder. Both men were convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Handwerk had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in peace Robert

Carson loveless

February 11, 2024

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