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Trooper Randall Wade Vetter | Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas


Randall Wade Vetter

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, August 7, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 8243

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/3/2000

Weapon: Rifle

Suspect: Died in prison

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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.

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In the early nineties, I taught school at Canyon High School in New Braunfels. Today, I was returning from visiting an old friend in the San Marcos area. As I was driving down I-35, I read a sign that said "Randall Vetter Memorial Parkway". I remembered teaching a Randy Vetter. When I arrived home, I googled this site. I also watched in horror the youtube video of the traffic stop. I offer my sincere condolences to your family.

I remember Randy in the classroom. He was extremely kind as well as intelligent. He always knew that he would pursue a career in law enforcement. In his high school days, he worked security at the local K-Mart and used to tell me stories of how he caught people shoplifting items. I then changed schools from Canyon High School to Wimberley High School. One day I was speeding down 306 to take my children to a dental appointment in New Braunfels. I was pulled over by a DPS trooper. I could not believe that trooper was my former student, Randy Vetter. Randy recognized me. He visited with me, but he did not give me the much deserved ticket. I was so proud that he followed his dream to be in law enforcement. What an honorable profession!

Again, I am so sorry for your loss and apologize that it has taken me so long to offer my condolences. Please know that I very fond memories of Randy and admire his service.


Celeste Fisk
July 18, 2014


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