Trooper James R. Gross

Trooper James R. Gross

Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, January 19, 1996

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James R. Gross

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.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentence commuted to life

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I sat next to you for two weeks in a crash investigation class at OSP. Six months later I was watching the news and your face came on the screen as a trooper killed. I couldn't believe it then and I still have trouble believing it now. Your picture, the same one shown here, has the event frozen in time for me. I retired from law enforcement in 2016, but am still teaching LE at a career center for high school kids. I bring you, and your story, up often. Tomorrow on Police Memorial Day, I will mention you, as well as some other friends who were killed in the line of duty, as my cadets raise the flag and lower it to half staff. Rest easy Trooper Gross.

Officer Jeff Hall (Ret)
Dublin Ohio PD

May 14, 2019

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