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Trooper Bobby Lee Coggins | North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

Trooper

Bobby Lee Coggins

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

End of Watch: Saturday, September 14, 1985

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 3 years

Badge # G-151

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .25 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Trooper Bobby Coggins was shot and killed after stopping two Arkansas prison escapees in a stolen pickup truck near Hot Springs, North Carolina, on N.C. 209.

He had initiated the traffic stop after suspecting the driver was a possible DUI. After dispatchers advised Trooper Coggins that the two were escapees one of the men opened fire with a .25 caliber handgun. Trooper Coggins attempted to return fire but did not strike the suspects. The second suspect picked up Trooper Coggins gun and shot him in the head.

Both suspects were captured three days later after trackers and a bloodhound named "Brandy" forced them out of the Blue Ridge Mountains into the hands of waiting agents of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

Both suspects were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life plus 93 years on May 21, 1986.

Minutes before Trooper Coggins was killed his fiancee had driven past him as he stopped the suspects.

Trooper Coggins had served with the North Carolina Highway Patrol for one year and had also served as a seasonal park ranger for the National Park Service during the previous two years. He was survived by his fiancee, brother and parents.

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Bobby, I thank you for your service. I'm one of the trackers that followed your killers. In my heart & prayers you shall remain. You
sir, are a hero to us all. Lest we forget.........

Detective Mike Lawing
Henderson County Sheriff's Office
October 9, 2016

 

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