Trooper Russell A. Bagshaw

Trooper Russell A. Bagshaw

Connecticut State Police, Connecticut

End of Watch Wednesday, June 5, 1991

Russell A. Bagshaw

Trooper Bagshaw was shot and killed when he interrupted a burglary at a sporting goods store. He was conducting a security check when he was shot while still inside of his patrol car. He died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Two brothers were charged in the shooting. The brother who shot Trooper Bagshaw was sentenced to death. In 2000 his sentence was commuted to life. The other brother was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

Trooper Bagshaw had served with the agency for 4.5 years. He is survived by his wife, father, twin brother, and older brother.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 4 years, 6 months
  • Badge 534

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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I remember the day he died. I lived in an apartment complex down the road. There were helicopters and cops everywhere and when I found out why, my heart sank. I can't imagine someone killing an officer and in such a brutal way. He didn't even have a chance to defend himself. I pray that he rests in peace and I pray that the guys who did this will get the punishment and suffering they deserve. Then I heard you had missed the birth of your niece or nephew a day or two later (by your twin brother) - it was heart wrenching. I drive by the spot where you died at least once a week and always remember you. Please watch over your family and your fellow officers. Thanks for your service and your sacrifice. It's been 27 years almost and it is remembered like it was yesterday. Rest in Peace!!!

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Please be safe!!! Praying for you all!!!

May 9, 2018

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