Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 2 years, 2 months
Badge # 162
Cause: Vehicle pursuit
Weapon: Automobile; Motorcycle
Offender: Charged with murder
Trooper James Bava was killed in a single vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway FF and County Road 977, in Audrain County, shortly before 8:30 am.
He was initiating a traffic stop of a motorcycle when his patrol car crashed.
The driver of the motorcycle was arrested on November 23rd, 2015, following a three month long investigation. The man was charged with second degree murder, resisting a lawful stop, resisting arrest by a state trooper, careless driving, excessive speeding, and failure to register a vehicle.
Trooper Bava had served with the Missouri State Highway Patrol for two years and was assigned to Troop F. He is survived by his parents, two brothers, three sisters, and fiancee.