Gwendolyn Bass-Kemp Victim Of Murder-Suicide Incident In Fort Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (Boca Post) (Copyright © 2023) — A Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue employee was shot and killed during a murder-suicide in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, May 11th, 2023.

Gwendolyn Lynette Bass-Kemp, a Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue 18-year veteran, was shot and killed by Richard Kenneth McDonald during a stand-off with the Police. Fort Lauderdale Police tell Boca Post that the suspect did not exchange gunfire with the Police.

At approximately 8:24 pm, FLPD responded to the 1700 block of NW 27th Terrace in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, the suspect armed and barricaded himself inside the residence and is believed to have set it on fire.

FLPD SWAT and negotiators were on scene attempting to negotiate with the suspect. Approximately 2 hours after the incident began, the suspect exited the home armed with a handgun. FLPD SWAT and negotiators continued their attempts to negotiate with the suspect. The suspect ultimately shot himself and was later pronounced deceased at the scene. Gwendolyn Lynette Bass-Kemp was located inside the home, and she was pronounced deceased. Police have said this is a murder suicide.

Gwendolyn Bass-Kemp. Gwen worked as a Billing Specialist for Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue. She joined the City in 2005 and was a valued member of the team for 18 years. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gwen’s family during this difficult time.