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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Today, Sergeant Kramer I visited your grave as I was performing a funeral at Lakeside cemetery. Olav hashalom and rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 20, 2021

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