Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 9 years
Badge # 1053
Incident Date: 10/7/1999
Suspect: Sentenced to life
Trooper Saunders was shot and killed while making a traffic stop. He had radioed into dispatchers with a description of the pickup truck and the license plate. Within one minute of his initial call a citizen used Trooper Saunders' radio to notify dispatchers that the trooper had been shot. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The suspect was arrested the following day after officers conducted surveillance on several different locations, looking for the owner of the truck. The man was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life without parole.
Trooper Saunders had served with the agency for 9 years. He is survived by his expectant wife and 2-year-old daughter.