Trooper Mark Hunter Coates

Trooper Mark Hunter Coates

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

End of Watch Friday, November 20, 1992

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Mark Hunter Coates

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.

Bio

  • Age 31
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 709
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Dear Coates Family,
You don’t know me but I was one of Mark’s many many brothers. I of course offer my condolences and I also offer my prayers for your family. Being a peace officer is not just a job it’s a calling. I’m sure Mark knew that even though we never met. And I pray that the Lord has blessed him as he does all peacemakers. I am so sorry for your loss. Please take some peace in knowing that he is in the hearts of many of us who never met him. May he rest peacefully with the Lord and may your family also be looked after by the Lord. Again I am so so sorry for your loss.
Michael Newman, (Detective, Retired) Los Angeles County sheriffs department.

Michael Newman
Los Angeles County Sheriffs’s Department

November 21, 2019

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