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Trooper Mark Hunter Coates | South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

Trooper

Mark Hunter Coates

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, November 20, 1992

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 709

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Corporal Mark Coates was shot and killed after stopping a car for weaving in traffic on I-95 near the Georgia border.

During the traffic stop the subject began to struggle with Corporal Coates and they both fell to the ground. The man fired a .22 caliber handgun into Corporal Coates' chest, but the round was stopped by his vest.

Corporal Coates was able to force the man off of him and return fire, striking the him five times in the chest with his .357 caliber revolver. As he retreated for cover and to radio for backup, the man fired another shot. The round struck Trooper Coates in the left armpit and traveled into his heart.

The man survived the incident and was sentenced to life in prison.

Corporal Coates was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the South Carolina Highway patrol for five years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, two step-daughters, parents, sister and brother.

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I along with a fellow Officer Matt Ross had the pleasure of meeting Trooper Coates Mother last week while at the Candle Light Vigil in DC at Police Week. We just happened to be standing at the wall where Trooper Coates name was engraved when his Mother came to look for his name. She showed us his name and we both immediately recognized his name from the video that was shown during the academy. His mother gave us a hug and thanked us for our service. She was a great lady.

Lieutenant Steven Sweeney
Boston Police Department
May 20, 2015

 

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