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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

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .44 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Trooper David Temple was shot and killed as he attempted to arrest a man who had just robbed a car lot in Decatur.

Trooper Temple spotted a vehicle that had been reported in an armed robbery earlier in the day. He followed the vehicle for approximately two miles while waiting for back up to arrive. 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 three 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 another officer.

Trooper Temple had previously served with the United States Army.

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I worked this case back in 1979 with Madison County Sheriff's Investigator Jim Stewart. After going to the shooting scene of the Madison Police Officer, Investigator Stewart and myself were assigned to attempt to locate the 2nd perpetrator by Chief Deputy Ken Parker. Later that evening Investigator Stewart and myself apprehended the 2nd suspect involved with Trooper Temple's murder and obtained a full and complete written confession from the suspect which lead to his conviction. Investigator Jim Stewart and myself were working under the command of then Sheriff Joe Patterson

Investigator Roger L. Grubb (Retired)
Madison County Sheriff's Department
June 23, 2015

 

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