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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I'm not a law enforcement officer of any kind. But I've got friends who later became deputy sheriffs in King Co. WA and I really have a lot of respect and appreciation for all of you brave men and women who put your lives on the line every day to do a mostly thankless job. You all get ripped apart in the mainstream media every day just for doing your jobs and If people could see things through any one of your eyes for just one day they might realize you guys aren't monsters. My prayers and condolences to Mr. Vetter's family and fellow officers. Thank you for all you do and just know that there are still a lot of us that do care and that we all dont hate you guys. Much love and respect to you all. Thank you.

Nick C.

August 17, 2018

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