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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, and three sisters.

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May you rest in eternal peace brother. And may you watch over your family and your blood brothers and sisters in blue.

N.Y.PD. Lt.(ret.) Ray Flores
August 28, 2016


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