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Officer Terry Eugene Foster | Independence Police Department, Missouri Independence Police Department, Missouri


Terry Eugene Foster

Independence Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Saturday, March 17, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: 32 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Committed suicide

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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.

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By far my saddest moment in my over 30 year career in law enforcement. I worked with Terry both in patrol and as a detective. Terry and I drove to Austin, Texas and picked up a homicide suspect and although the events are to numerous to mention here this is where I really got to know Terry. I have been retired over eleven years now and have 5 grandchildren which are two events Terry has missed due to this one persons actions . Terry may you rest in peace and to his family my continued condolences.

Mike Fowler, Detective
Independence, MO Police department
March 17, 2016


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