Trooper Randall Wade Vetter

Trooper Randall Wade Vetter

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Monday, August 7, 2000

Randall Wade Vetter

Trooper Randall Vetter died from a gunshot wound he received four days earlier while conducting a traffic stop.

Trooper Vetter had stopped a 72-year-old driver for not wearing a seatbelt. While he was sitting in his patrol car, the suspect exited his vehicle and opened fire with a rifle. The trooper was struck in the head. Trooper Vetter was able to return fire but did not hit the suspect.

The suspect then used the patrol car's radio to say he shot the officer and then attempted to flee the scene. An off duty officer who was passing by, witnessed the shooting and alerted other officers. The suspect was then taken into custody after a brief standoff on the roadway. The suspect was known to local officers for claiming he would shoot any officer who tried to write him a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt. The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. He died in prison in 2008.

Trooper Vetter had served with the Texas Department of Public Safety for six years. He is survived by his wife and eight-month-old son.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 8243

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, August 3, 2000
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Died in prison

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Our men in uniform across this country are a precious resource to ALL of us. They protect us while we are driving, sleeping, working or just sit ply having leisure time with our loved ones. Regardless of race, creed, immigration status or nationality, they serve to protect all of us and our way of life. Trooper Vetted was performing his duties to protect the very man that so coldly killed him. This was premeditated, as the killer had threatened to shoot any officer that would pull him over while not wearing his seat belt. With no regard for Trooper Vetter or his family, this monster snuffed out this beautiful man in just moments after being pulled over.
God Bless Trooper Vetter's awesome family.

Alain M. Connelly (USMC - 1985-1989).
U.S. Citizen and admirer of all our men and women serving our country

January 16, 2019

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