Police Officer Robert Buitrago

Police Officer Robert Buitrago

Winston-Salem Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, January 15, 1994

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Robert Buitrago

Officer Robert Buitrago was shot and killed while attempting to stop a robbery at a grocery store where he was shopping, despite being unarmed.

The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to death.

Officer Buitrago, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 4 years, had served with the Winston-Salem Police Department for only 6 months.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge 541
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

off duty, robbery, unarmed

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Officer Buitrago,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO;former Marine

United States Border Patrol

January 15, 2019

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