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Trooper James R. Gross | Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

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James R. Gross

Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

End of Watch: Friday, January 19, 1996

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/19/1996

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Sentence commuted to life

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Trooper Gross was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Ashland, OH. A truck driver had noticed a car driving erratically and contacted the police via CB.

During the stop Trooper Gross was shot once in his left arm. As he attempted to take cover he slipped on the wet pavement and fell to the ground. The suspect shot him in the back as he lay on the ground. The round entered below his vest and travelled upwards through his torso.

Other truckers who witnessed the shooting used their CB radios to notify authorities of the incident. The suspect was apprehended when he crashed into an embankment following a 29-mile chase. The ensuing investigation determined that the suspect had previously shot his mother in the foot.

The suspect was initially sentenced to death. In 2005 his death sentence was commuted to life.

Trooper Gross had served with the agency for 2 years.

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Dear Jim,
We were childhood friends. I travel back and forth from Cleveland to
Columbus, I say a prayer every time I drive past your memorial and thoughts of you come to mind. We had lost touch over the years as does so many of us with growing up and starting new lives and families but I will always, always remember you fondly as a childhood friend; running through the neighborhoods, playing ball, hanging out and just being kids. You were such a good hearted, happy, funny kid/teenager. I can only imagine the fine young man, husband and family man you turned out to be. You did not have a mean spirited bone in your body. Thank you for your loyal service and protection. You will always be thought of with a smile. Thank you for the memories Jim, I feel blessed that you were a part of my life. Your childhood friend forever Marsha Cooke (aka Marsha Ray) love and peace.

Marsha
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June 21, 2014

 

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