Trooper Joseph M. Stoba, Jr.

Trooper Joseph M. Stoba, Jr.

Connecticut State Police, Connecticut

End of Watch Monday, August 6, 1962

Joseph M. Stoba, Jr.

Trooper Joseph Stoba was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance in Portland, Connecticut.

Trooper Stoba was transporting a jail trustee back to prison when he was redirected to the domestic disturbance call. After talking with the male suspect it was decided that the man should go with Trooper Stoba to sober up. The man was allowed to go back into his home to get a sweater but came back out with a rifle and shot the trooper. The trustee, who witnessed the shooting, radioed for help. Minutes later another state trooper took the suspect into custody.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on November 27, 1962.

Trooper Stoba was assigned to Troop K.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I was a student at the University of Connecticut in 1961. I started to drive home one Friday morning after a heavy snowfall the previous night. A state employee had been plowing all night and stopped for a couple of drinks before heading home. He lost control of his car and broadsided me. I wasn't hurt but the car was totaled. Trooper Stoba responded to the call. I was waiting at a local gas station and the owner had recognized the driver. So Stoba took me with him and went to the home of this guy to get him while he was still under the influence. Once back at the office Stoba went out of his way to help me including driving me to a location where I could catch a bus. A few months later I appeared in court. Stoba had briefed me on how to handle myself and answer the lawyer's questions. The plow driver lost his license. Several months later I was commissioned in the Air Force and went overseas. My mother wrote and told me about Joe Stoba's death. That was a real shame. He was the second trooper I had known but the first to lose his life in the line of duty.

Capt Welles Brandriff
USAF officer and Vietnam vet

December 14, 2015

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