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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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Mark,
This is the first time I have been able to watch this video. It's been years since you and I departed EMS to go different paths. You were a great Paramedic and I was honored to wok with you. You saved many lives for some one to take yours like this. You worked well with a team and I'm sure others would have loved to have been there beside you to try to save your life. My heart hurts to watch this video. You taught me so much...patience, hard work pays off, and so much more.Thank you for being my friend, my partner on many shifts. You made us all feel safe. I know God has a special job in Heaven just for you..Till we see each other in Heaven, I will join your friends,family and other coworkers and treasure memories we share of you. You left foot prints on our hearts...

Susan Franklin
Former EMS Coworker
April 28, 2017

 

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