Trooper Mark Stickel
Troop D - Orlando
Trooper Mark G. Stickel has been selected as the recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for February 2000, based on his assistance during the capture of an individual who had shot two Orlando police officers.
On February 3, 2000, shortly after midnight, an assailant shot two Orlando police officers on John Young Parkway in Orlando during a traffic stop. One officer was killed and the other was critically injured. There were two other people in the suspect’s car that were apprehended shortly after the shooting; however, the assailant managed to elude police.
Trooper Stickel was assigned to assist in the search of the killer and worked with an Orange County Sheriff canine deputy in canvassing the neighborhood for about seven hours. Trooper Stickel and the deputy were subsequently reassigned to an area north of Grant Street and west of Rio Grand Avenue. The two officers learned there was an abandoned house at the end of Grant Street. The house was locked up; however, there was a light on inside the dwelling. The two forced open the door and entered the house and conducted a room to room search. There was one door that was barricaded from the inside and it was subsequently forced open. It had been barricaded with a dresser and table. Trooper Stickel asked the deputy if he had checked the closet in the room and the deputy indicated that he had done so. Stickel however, decided to check the closet again and found the shooting suspect hiding in the closet. Stickel then took the assailant into custody and charged with 1st degree murder. The suspect still had a broken handcuff on his left wrist that was placed there by the Orlando police officer.
Trooper Stickel is to be commended for his decisive and professional police work and devotion to the law enforcement profession.
Trooper Stickel was a sixteen-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to Troop D, Orlando. He retired from the FHP on March 24, 2000.