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Trooper James Matthew Bava | Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri


James Matthew Bava

Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri

End of Watch: Friday, August 28, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 2 years, 2 months

Badge # 162

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Automobile; Motorcycle

Offender: Charged with murder

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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.

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Another year in Heaven my brother. May you continue to have total peace in a much better place than where you served. Watch over your loving family and all your friends, and keep them safe. Until we meet.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)
August 28, 2017


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