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Memorial to Robert K. Best

Officer Killed in the Line of Duty

Date of Death: December 15, 1982
Rank: Officer
Age: 24
Years of Service: 1
Location of Death: Branch Avenue, Suitland, Maryland


Officer Best and his partner were working in plain-clothes when they observed a stolen auto and pursued it into Maryland. When the suspects bailed out, one was caught by Officer Best's partner while Officer Best chased the other behind an apartment building. As Officer Best rounded the corner of the building, the suspect put a gun to his head and fired. The first shot missed, but as Officer Best fell, he was shot twice in the back.

The suspect was shot and killed minutes later by MPDC.

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