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Trooper Donald Bert Ziesmer | Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota


Donald Bert Ziesmer

Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota

End of Watch: Monday, October 15, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 13 years

Badge # 180

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .22 caliber

Offender: Committed suicide

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Trooper Ziesmer was shot and killed while making a traffic stop of a van. One of the suspects exited the van and opened fire with a .22 caliber rifle, striking Trooper Ziesmer while he was still sitting in his cruiser. The suspect then committed suicide.
Trooper Ziesmer had been with the agency for 13 years and was survived by his wife and three daughters.

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Daddy - another "anniversary" coming up - you've been gone now almost as long as you were here. Thank you for teaching me well - "put your chin up, shoulders back and carry on". It has served me well through the years coping with the challenges life has presented. I miss you terribly, and often think of all the "could have beens". A granddaughter serving in child protection services and a grandson who would have been a fishing and hunting buddy. Oh that fatefull day. Thank you "Kind Bob" for relaying me home without a break - I am sorry I pushed you so hard. The pride, comfort, security and strength I felt walking up the church steps through the rows of State Troopers, PD, Border Patrol, County and OPP officers gave me the courage I needed to bury my dad. May God protect each and every one of you daily. Deborah Ziesmer Nied.

Deborah Ziesmer Nied
October 1, 2016


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