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, and three sisters.