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Trooper Donald C. Pederson | Wisconsin State Patrol, Wisconsin Wisconsin State Patrol, Wisconsin

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Donald C. Pederson

Wisconsin State Patrol, Wisconsin

End of Watch: Saturday, August 26, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 343

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 5 to 25 years

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Trooper Pederson was shot and killed in an ambush by a 16-year-old boy. Trooper Pederson had been dispatched to an accident scene and upon arrival located a vehicle in a ditch. As he approached the vehicle the boy, who was hiding at the front of the vehicle, opened fire and fatally wounded Trooper Pederson. The suspect fled, but was later apprehended. It was determined that Trooper Pederson had issued the boy a citation earlier in the evening, but the boy refused to give a motive as to why he ambushed him.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 5 to 25 years at the Green Bay State Reformatory on December 1, 1972.

Trooper Pederson had served with the Wisconsin State Patrol for 6 years and was assigned to District 3. Before that, he had been a police officer in Rhinelander.

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