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Trooper David E. Temple | Alabama Department of Public Safety, Alabama Alabama Department of Public Safety, Alabama

Trooper

David E. Temple

Alabama Department of Public Safety, Alabama

End of Watch: Thursday, September 13, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/13/1979

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Trooper Temple was shot and killed as he attempted to arrest a man who had just robbed a car lot in Decatur. When Trooper Temple pulled up to the suspect, the man leaned out of the car and opened fire, striking Trooper Temple. The man then got out of the car and walked to where Trooper Temple lay on the ground and shot him several more times.

The suspect fled the scene and led police on a chase through Madison. He was shot and killed by Madison police officers after wounding an officer.

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I was working as a patrol officer in Huntsville, Alabama when Trooper Temple was shot and killed. I remember hearing the call on the radio and a short time later, learned that another officer in Madison, just a few miles away, had been shot. The Madison officer, who later became a Huntsville Police Officer, returned fire and killed Trooper Temple's assailant. I didn't know Trooper Temple but was told by several fellow officers he was a fine man and a good Trooper. Our prayers go out to his family in remembrance of this fine officer.

Dennis R. Wooten
Deputy Chief (Retired)
Huntsville Police Department
Huntsville, AL
October 10, 2014

 

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