Patrolman Robert A. Stefanov

Patrolman Robert A. Stefanov

Garfield Heights Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, December 8, 1994

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Robert A. Stefanov

Officer Bob Stefanov and Officer Michael Brown were killed when their patrol car struck a utility pole during a pursuit.

The officers had noticed a vehicle sitting outside of a closed business, and as they approached it, the vehicle sped off. The suspects entered an intersection against a red light at approximately 75 mph, with the officers close behind. When another vehicle entered the intersection of Lee and Harvard, the officers attempted to avoid a collision, but the patrol car struck the car, overturned, and struck a utility pole.

The suspect was later apprehended and sentenced to ten years for involuntary manslaughter.

Officer Stefanov had served with the Garfield Heights Police Department for five years. He was survived by his son and daughter.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender 10 years

vehicle pursuit

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Robert A. Stefanov of the Garfield Heights Police Department, Ohio and the additional 93 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

December 8, 2022

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