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Trooper Linda Carol Huff | Idaho State Police, Idaho Idaho State Police, Idaho


Linda Carol Huff

Idaho State Police, Idaho

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 17, 1998

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 1 year, 2 months

Badge # 512

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm

Offender: Sentenced to life w/out parole

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Trooper Linda Huff was shot and killed in the parking lot behind the Idaho State Police District 1 station in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, at approximately 11:00 pm.

A male subject had ridden his bike to the facility and ambushed Trooper Huff, shooting her 17 times. Two of the rounds were stopped by her vest and one severed her spinal cord, paralyzing her from the waist down. During the shootout Trooper Huff was able to return fire and struck the man once in the shoulder and once in the throat. The man was arrested moments later while walking down the street. Trooper Huff was pronounced dead at the scene.

On February 5th, 1999, the man was found guilty of first degree premeditated murder of a police officer and commission of a felony with a deadly weapon. On August 16th, 1999, he was sentenced to life without parole. The judge presiding over the case refused to sentence the suspect to death by claiming the state had failed to show the crime was committed with aggravating circumstances.

Trooper Huff had served with the Idaho State Police for 14 months. She is survived by her husband, who is also an Idaho State Trooper, and three children.

On May 13th, 2005, Trooper Huff was posthumously awarded the first ever Idaho Law Enforcement and Firefighting Medal of Honor.

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To all who left a nice note regarding my late wife Linda. I want to personally thank you for keeping her and my family in your thoughts and prayers. She was an amazing officer, mom, wife and an all around great person. She is sadly missed but she lives on in our lives.
Since Linda's death, I have remarried. Linda's oldest son Clinton is in his late twenties, married with three children. He lives in Payette, Idaho and is doing well. My children Rena and Zachary are both doing well. Rena graduated from the University of Idaho last year and has an exceptional job working in the agriculture industry. Zach is finishing a degree in Computer Science this year at Boise State University. Both are doing well. I started my forth term as the Payette County Sheriff and my wife owns a business in Fruitland, Idaho. We are all healthy and happy. Linda's parents both passed away and I am sure they have reunited with Linda. Again, thank you for the kind words. Linda was one of a kind!

Sheriff Chad Huff
Payette County, Idaho/ Husband of Trooper Linda Huff
August 8, 2017


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