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Trooper Gregg Alexander Presbury | Maryland State Police, Maryland Maryland State Police, Maryland

Trooper

Gregg Alexander Presbury

Maryland State Police, Maryland

End of Watch: Saturday, December 17, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 1 year, 4 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/12/1977

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Trooper Gregg Presbury succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained while conducting a traffic stop on Route 30, near Glen Burnie, five days earlier.

During the traffic stop, Trooper Presbury radioed for backup. Before backup arrived the suspect shot the trooper. Despite being wounded he was able to return fire and wounded the suspect.

A passing motorist used the trooper's radio to report the shooting and was able to give a description of the suspect. The suspect, a paroled felon, was taken into custody and charged with Trooper Presbury's murder.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life on October 19, 1978. His conviction was overturned and he was awarded a new trial. He was again convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life plus 15 years on June 25, 1980.

Trooper Presbury had served with the Maryland State Police for 17 months. He is survived by his wife and child.

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Trooper Presbury and his family,

So sorry for your loss. Unfortunately the offender was a relative of mine. The incident was a major factor that motivated and propelled me into a law enforcement career myself. No matter how long I remain in law enforcement, I can never make up for the life that was lost. But I continue to try anyway.

God Bless

Lieutenant M. Anthony
Portsmouth Police
March 17, 2015

 

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