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Sergeant Robert G. Kimberling | Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri


Robert G. Kimberling

Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 6, 1999

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 14 years

Badge # 511

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .357 caliber

Offender: Committed suicide

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Sergeant Robert Kimberling was shot and killed after getting in a struggle with a suspected gasoline thief on I-29, near Faucett, Missouri.

Sergeant Kimberling stopped the suspect after it was reported that a man with a similar description filled up with gas at a highway truck stop and drove away without paying. During the stop, Sergeant Kimberling approached the passenger side of the vehicle. At the same time, the suspect exited the vehicle and walked to the rear of it.

Upon seeing Sergeant Kimberling, the man ran back to his open driver's door and retrieved a revolver. Sergeant Kimberling pursued him to the door and began struggling with the man.

The suspect shot at Sergeant Kimberling twice, both shots being stopped by his vest. Sergeant Kimberling returned fire, striking the suspect twice in the leg. The suspect also continued firing, striking Sergeant Kimberling multiple times. The suspect then shot and killed himself at the scene. The entire incident occurred in less than one minute.

The suspect was being searched for in Wisconsin as a suicide threat. That information, however, was entered into NCIC only one minute before Sergeant Kimberling called in the license plate, and was not yet available to dispatchers.

Sergeant Kimberling was posthumously awarded the Citation for Valor by his department. He had served with the Missouri State Highway Patrol for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and two young children.

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Today, I remember Bob, his family, and friends on the 15th anniversary of his death. The emotions of that day remain raw. I will ALWAYS remember my friend and the sacrifice! My thoughts and prayers are with your family every day!

Regional Coordinator Corey Sloan
Missouri State Emergency Management Agency
October 6, 2014


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