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Wife of Long-Time Flagler Beach Cop Bobby MacDonald in Coma After Gunshot to the Head

| July 22, 2012

Fire Flight, Flagler County Fire Rescue's helicopter, flew Kathy MacDonald to Halifax Hospiotal Friday evening after her husband drover her to the intersection of County Road 302 and County Road 305. This is a file photo of Fire Flight. near the Mondex last April. (© FlaglerLive)

Fire Flight, Flagler County Fire Rescue’s helicopter, flew Kathy MacDonald to Halifax Hospiotal Friday evening after her husband drover her to the intersection of County Road 302 and County Road 305. This is a file photo of Fire Flight. near the Mondex last April. (© FlaglerLive)

Kathy MacDonald, the wife of well-known and long-time Flagler Beach police officer Robert “Bobby” MacDonald, was airlifted to Halifax Hospital with a gunshot wound to the head Friday evening under suspicious circumstances that the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

“I don’t think we have honest proof at this point that he shot her or that she shot herself,” Flagler County Sheriff Don Fleming said, referring to Bobby MacDonald. She has been in and out of a coma since, Fleming said, either unable or unwilling to give a statement. “We just don’t know what we have at this time,” the sheriff said.

Reports are sketchy, even from the sheriff, who did not have the details of the actual shooting. Rumors of the shooting began spreading over the weekend, with suggestions that it was being kept quiet because of the circumstances, and the involvement of a Flagler Beach cop. Fleming said there was no attempt to keep anything under wraps, only that an investigation was continuing.

“We’re not able to get too much information at this time,” Fleming said. “We’re working the case with the State Attorney’s office.”

Bobby MacDonald is not in custody, Fleming said. He couldn’t say what his work status is with his department. “That’s up to Flagler Beach. We didn’t charge him with anything.”

Dan Cody, the Flagler Beach police chief, could not be reached Sunday and Frank Parrish, his second in command, had not returned a call and a message left on his cell phone by the time this story posted. Bruce Campbell, the Flagler Beach city manager, was non-committal. Nor would he mention the name of the officer. “I know there’s been an incident, and it’s under investigation by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. That’s all I know and can say at this point,” Campbell said. “There’s been an incident. One of our officers is somehow involved. I don’t know how. It’s under investigation.”

Pressed for details, Campbell said: “You’ll have to read the investigation.” He dismissed a rumor about Bobby MacDonald having gone missing. “The officer is not missing,” he said.

Campbell noted, however, that all Flagler Beach city commissioners had been informed of the incident. Authorities, in other words, from the sheriff’s office, the Flagler Beach city administration, its police department and the state attorney’s office were all well aware of the shooting, but no information had been released publicly. In contrast, the sheriff’s office published three news releases this weekend about the convenience store robber, who was finally caught Sunday evening, immediately after his third robbery. (The sheriff’s office did not send out an official press release about the shooting until Monday at 12:30 p.m., almost three days after the shooting.)

Bobby MacDonald, a Vietnam veteran (he reportedly served in the 101st Airborne Division), 58, was hired on June 15, 2000. He makes $37,575. He is one of 13 uniformed officers in the Flagler Beach Police Department, Chief Dan Cody included. He’s worked at Bunnell’s Ace Hardware store as well. The couple married within the year and vacationed in Tennessee. They live in the area of the Mondex. Kathy MacDonald was airlifted from the northeast edge of the Mondex, or Daytona North.

“She was pretty much under the influence of alcohol I believe,” Fleming said. “He came home, he found her like that.” Bobby MacDonald told police that he’d gotten off work at 6 p.m. and returned home to find his wife on the ground with the gunshot wound to the side of the head. He then placed his wife in a car and drove her to the intersection of County Road 302 and County Road 305. Fleming said the weapon used may have been a Derringer, but that was not confirmed.

Kathy MacDonald, who’s in her mid-40s, has for the past year worked at Oceanside Beach Bar and Grill in Flagler Beach (the restaurant that used to be the old Manny’s on State Road A1A). Co-owner John Lulgjuraj had, like others, heard the rumors of the incident, but only sketchily.  He described her as a good worker he and his family had known for a long time, as they had Bobby.

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31 Responses for “Wife of Long-Time Flagler Beach Cop Bobby MacDonald in Coma After Gunshot to the Head”

  1. gerald says:

    to the voice of reason, $40,000 + benefits = $80,000, sick time, vacation holiday and pension now thats good pay.


    • Jimmylegs says:

      Gerald is right. Additionally, some people do their job out of love for the job; being a police officer to be able to serve and protect the public may be a higher calling to him than being a directory assistance operator was to ‘the voice of reason’.


  2. I have known Kathy since she worked for Marco’s Pizza, when in operation. I knew her to be a lovely mother, who cared for her children very much. I can’t believe that she would commit suicide, when she went through many bad times, and never thought of killing herself. The wind is blowing the wrong way in Bunnell again. I hope she comes out of her coma, and has a explanation of this for everyone involved. My best to her. S. Houston, Bunnell


  3. Beach Resident says:

    I also worked with Kathy and am devastated and shocked by this news. Does anyone know how she is doing? Godspeed my friend


    • Anonymous says:

      she is not in a coma but she has a long way to go she will never be the same and she is blind for life


  4. just a nobody says:

    fdle was in my place of work requesting camera footage from that evening. there was a specific vehicle driving in a specific direction on 305 they were looking for. the detective said they had several other business cameras with the vehicle in question passing by at the time he suggested. he did not say what car or who. just thought id let everyone know there may be more to this story after all.


  5. Cypress Grand says:

    I pray that Kathy will fully recover to give her side of the story. Trust me, I know there is more to this story!!


  6. Jsnfrnc says:

    I’ve know Bob Macdonald since i was a kid and when he first came on with the FBPD. The man has always had updstanding morals and acted with a fair, firm, and impartial attitude when it came to enforcing the law. Because of his decision, interactions, and constant advice that he mentored myself and others with, i was able to excel and even joined the armed forces. As a veteran now, and former medic, I can relate to the policy and procedures that are out there, but when you encounter extreme situations, and are under extreme pressure that involves a loved one it is tough. In that moment all you want to do is save there life as quickly as possilbe any way you know how, and if he had access to get a life flight helicopter out the scene quicker, as opposed to an ambulance, then why not try to do both. I’m sure that the truth will prevail at some point and there is more to the story, but at this stage the community should be uniting and saying prayers for both sides of the family and wait for the investigation to be completed instead of pointing fingers.


  7. Hsart says:

    Just wanted Thoughts and Prayers to be Sent out to Both Kathy and Ofc.McDonald !!!!Second I would Question Anonymous Statement About Moving Kathy??? Dont know where You went to School But its Obvuious You Did NOT go to the police Acadamy, Because the Crime Scene is NOT a Homicide, and if Saving a Life means Moving Someone, You have an obligation to Do So, Unless its Going to create Death or great bodily Harm to the said person.Ive Known Both Ofc. McDonald and Kathy for Years. Bob is a Good Officer and Kathy is a Good Waitress! Wish You BOTH WELL, GOD BLESS!!!!!!!


  8. Cloud says:

    Is there any update on Kathy is?


  9. F.D.L.E’ daytona north is not flagler beach,this was put under the rug from the get go.


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