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Trooper Douglas Wayne Tripp | Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee


Douglas Wayne Tripp

Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee

End of Watch: Sunday, May 19, 1991

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 20 years

Badge # 5591

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/18/1991

Weapon: Rifle; .22 caliber

Offender: Convicted of murder

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Trooper Douglas Tripp was shot multiple times and killed while he sat in his patrol car. The man shot Trooper Tripp ten times in the head and neck. The suspect charged with shooting Trooper Tripp told authorities that he shot the officer because he didn't deserve a speeding ticket.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder. He was released from prison in 2008.

Trooper Tripp had served with the Tennessee Highway Patrol for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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Well Dad, it has been 22 yrs. since your end of shift. There is still not a day that goes by that I don't have a thought about you. I see a trooper car and my heart sinks. I hear or see a mule, and my heart sinks. I hear/see an older John Deere tractor and my heart sinks. I get so angry when I think of how your death came about. Even though there is so much more to the story, and the whole truth may never come out, God saw and heard it all. They can hide it here on earth, but nothing is hid on judgement day. And I am truly sorry how the results of the courts came as they did. It is my opinion, that it went as it was planned from the start. You were an honest, straight-up, respectful, careing, fair and did your duty Officer. You knew that wouldn't be tolerate, but you stood your ground anyway. You held on to that sliver of hope that you could clean this place up. But alone you stood. Everyone else either took a blind eye, didn't care, was to scared, or was part of the problem. The web here runs so deep. And it was choking you bit by bit. As you used to tell me, "It's like beating your head against the wall." Reading your journals gave me so much more insight of the indepth mentality you had. The only pain comes from the trust you had for some. I would have never believed I would ever know you to be wrong about anything, but wrong you were about those few. True colors always eventually shine through. But as I said, judgment day will tell all and answers will be demanded. So you sleep for now until the day God brings you fourth and you can face them all with that onry smirk you were so known for because you'll know what direction you'll be going and they can't do anything to stop you this time. Miss you and Mom so much.

Deborah Tripp
July 4, 2013


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