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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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I just visited the memorial wall in DC for the first time and found Terry's inscription. What a powerful reminder of how short our lives here on earth are. I had only been on the department for 4 days when Terry was killed, but every year at our memorial service I am reminded of what a great man he was. Give your kids a hug today and stay safe.

Officer Jeff Nunn
Independence Police
May 18, 2017


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