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Trooper James E. Saunders | Washington State Patrol, Washington Washington State Patrol, Washington

Trooper

James E. Saunders

Washington State Patrol, Washington

End of Watch: Thursday, October 7, 1999

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 1053

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/7/1999

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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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.

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I was driving down the hi way today I saw an Arizona dps officer on a stop and I suddenly remembered trooper Saunders . Thank you to James and all law enforcement personnel and their families for the courage and sacrifice.

Sgt. Richard hills
At time. Wa. St. Dept. of corrrctions
October 17, 2013

 

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