Officer Terry Eugene Foster

Officer Terry Eugene Foster

Independence Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Saturday, March 17, 2001

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Terry Eugene Foster

Officer Terry Foster was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call.

An elderly couple had called police to report their grown son was threatening them and acting violent. When officers arrived, the suspect locked himself in an upstairs bedroom. After talking with the suspect, the officers forced the hallway door open and began to check a bedroom when the suspect opened fire, striking Officer Foster in the head and chest several times. Other officers dragged Officer Foster out of the home and held their positions when an explosion ripped through the bedroom, completely engulfing the house. The suspect's body was later found inside.

Officer Foster had been employed with the Independence Police Department for 32 years, and was only three weeks from retirement.

He is survived by his wife of one year and several adult children.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 32 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Committed suicide

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I worked with Terry for a short period when I was on the Independence Police Department, early in my law enforcement career. Today is August 23, 2018, and I just now learned of his death by reading about it on ODMP. At the time, I was employed by the USDOJ-DEA and assigned to the Dallas Field Division. I happened to be at Quantico, VA, attending some training when Terry was killed. This is a heck of a way to learn of a friend’s murder on-duty, but I am very grateful to ODMP for its existence, or I might never have known. In the early 1970s, IPD had a great bunch of people working for it. Terry was one of the best, a fun guy and a very good officer. It was a pleasure to know him.
RIP, and walk well, my Brother.

Donnie Bowerman
Retired LEO

August 23, 2018

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