Lieutenant Roley E. Kiker
Troop A - Pensacola
Congratulations to Lieutenant Roley E. Kiker for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for September 2006, for apprehending a suspect who had robbed a local grocery store.
On Monday, September 18th, 2006, Lt. Kiker was off-duty while traveling to a local gym for physical fitness training when he observed an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputy exiting his patrol car with his firearm drawn. After immediately notifying the Tallahassee Regional Communications Center of the situation, Lt. Kiker stopped and took up a defensive position to back up the deputy. The deputy then informed Lt. Kiker that the white male suspect, who was sitting in a vehicle in a ditch, was armed and had just tried to rob a local grocery store in the area.
Lt. Kiker and the Escambia County deputy gave repeated commands to the suspect, directing him to drop the weapon and exit the vehicle. The suspect then exited his vehicle and pointed a gun at Lt. Kiker. Lt. Kiker ordered the suspect repeatedly to drop his weapon. The suspect however raised his gun and pointed it at Lt. Kiker, at which time Lt. Kiker fired one round, striking the suspect in the abdomen. The suspect fell to the ground and was immediately handcuffed and secured. The suspect was subsequently transported from the scene to the hospital where he was listed in stable condition with no life threatening injuries. The suspect was charged by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office with robbery and aggravated assault charges. This suspect was also wanted by the FBI for bank robbery in Foley, Alabama.
Lieutenent Roley Kiker is to be commended for his excellent police work in removing a dangerous felon from the community in which he serves. Congratulations to Lt. Kiker for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for September 2006.