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.

Bio

  • Age 34
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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My Father was your best friend. I was only 5 years old when I remember hearing about this tragedy. You were never forgotten, and through the years my Father and Mother would honor your memory by telling not only the tragedy of your death, but the story of you. You were a good friend, a great man and they missed you terribly. My Mom is now 91and Dad has passed, but she remembers you to this day, and talks about the wonderful person you were. You made a great impact on many in the short time you were with us. My Dad had long ago moved us to Florida, but Joe you will always be remembered in our family as we have passed down your legacy to our children and grandchildren. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Diane Breen (Shoneck)
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January 15, 2018

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