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


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

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: 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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I was driving back from Ottawa Ohio, came up I-71 and saw a sign for the James R. Gross Memorial Highway around Ashland. Very sad. I felt a sense of obligation to learn about Trooper Gross, especially given how much undue and over-generalized criticism law enforcement officers have to deal with these days. Trooper Gross lost his life serving and protecting us, and for that he should always be honored and never be forgotten.

Will Kalkhoff
Citizen in support of law enforcement
August 31, 2015


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