Trooper Alvin Vincent Kohler

Trooper Alvin Vincent Kohler

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, September 19, 1978

Alvin Vincent Kohler

Trooper Alvin Kohler was shot and killed in Miami when he stopped to help a disabled motorist.

Trooper Kohler requested a tow truck and started writing the 15-year-old driver a citation for failure to comply with a restriction on his license. When the tow truck arrived, the youth opened fire with a handgun killing the trooper and the tow truck driver. The suspect and a companion then fled in the tow truck. Minutes later they were captured by two Florida City police officers.

The shooter was convicted of two counts of murder and robbery and sentenced to three life terms in prison.

Trooper Kohler was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for 11 months.

Bio

  • Age 23
  • Tour 11 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

juvenile

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Please no parole! Alvin was a dear neighbor friend growing up with me. We loved him and this person mercilessly took his life and that of the tow truck driver who were there to help.

India Dore Kurtz
Childhood friend, next door neighbor

December 10, 2018

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