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

Trooper

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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Jimmy, for some reason today you popped into my head. I learned about your death while I was in the military and was not home for your funeral. We were friends during all our school years at Applewood, Middle School and High School and when I moved back to Ohio, the first time I drove down the strip on 71 where you were killed hit me like a ton of bricks. I know it has been 18 years since you were killed, but obviously you still have a way a popping up in our lives. I pray that you will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN...RIP Jimmy!

Michelle Lister Groat
Childhood friends
August 25, 2014

 

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