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


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 grew up with Dave in Kendallville Indiana and knew him well. I became a policeman in our hometown in 1968. Officer Craig Streich (another old friend of Dave's) and I were working an accident in the 1970's that had a highway blocked when all at once this guy on a motorcycle rode right in to the perimeter which we were trying to maintain. We of course were upset until we realized it was Dave home for a visit. You see besides being a great guy, he was just a little ornery and maybe that's what you liked most about him. We had lots of fun with him growing up. We were just devastated when her heard of the shooting; we lost a friend and a brother police officer. We also miss his sister Kim who passed suddenly a couple of years ago.

MIchael (Mick) Newton, Retired
Officer, Kendallville Police Department
September 14, 2014


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