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Trooper of the Month
September 2005

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Trooper Meier
Trooper Michael Meier
Troop C - Land O'Lakes

Trooper Barfield, Jr.
Trooper Delmos Barfield, Jr.
Troop C - Land O'Lakes

Congratulations to Troopers Michael Meier and Delmos Barfield, Jr. for being selected as co-recipients of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month Award for September 2005, for their apprehension of a murder suspect who was attempting to flee the state.

Shortly before midnight on September 27, 2005, FHP’s Tampa Bay Regional Communication Center received a BOLO from the Largo Police Department regarding a murder suspect who was possibly in a rest area within Troop C. Over the course of the next hour, several updates on the suspect were issued while troopers searched every rest area in the troop. The suspect was described as a trained military demolition expert and was considered armed and dangerous.

At approximately 1:20 AM, Troopers Michael Meier and Delmos Barfield, Jr., located the suspect's vehicle in the northbound rest area on I-75 in Pasco County. Then they spotted the suspect at a nearby pay phone. Troopers Barfield and Meier secured the suspect at gunpoint and conducted a search, locating a very important piece of evidence necessary for the murder suspect’s successful prosecution. The suspect later made a full confession post-Miranda to Trooper Barfield.

Because of the quick response of Troopers Meier and Barfield, a possible nationwide manhunt was prevented and a wanted murderer was taken into custody.

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