Police Officer Donald Bernard Kramer

Police Officer Donald Bernard Kramer

Miami Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, February 25, 1984

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Donald Bernard Kramer

Police Officer Donald Kramer was shot and killed while pursuing a homeless man thought to be drunk.

He was on patrol when a homeless man spotted him and began to run. Officer Kramer chased him and caught him in an alley behind 662 Washington Avenue. The man suddenly swung around and shot Officer Kramer in the head, then twice more after he fell to the ground. The suspect was later arrested and charged with murder.

The man was found incompetent to stand trial and committed in a maximum security psychiatric hospital.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 34

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, February 23, 1984
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Committed

DIP, foot pursuit

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Officer Kramer,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Miami Beach. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

February 25, 2024

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