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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 didn't know you sir. I didn't know of you until I started at Ashland PD in 2006. My Lieutenant at the time took me to the site of your memorial on the last day of field training. We visited other sites in the county of other fallen officers as well. I cannot express the gratitude that is felt for your sacrifice throughout Ashland Police Division. Your name is mentioned often and will never be forgotten. I'm now a field training officer myself and have had the privilege of taking several new officers to your memorial on their last day before solo patrol. Today is one of those days. Our prayer will be for your family and loved ones that they might have found some sort of comfort in knowing they will see you again one day. Our prayer is that your sacrifice will not be forgotten and will motivate us to battle evil in this world. Thank you for what you have done.

Patrol Officer Curt Dorsey
Ashland Police Divison
May 14, 2016


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