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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, your video kept me alive while working the interstate. I was assigned to a Highway Interdiction team as well as when i was on patrol i had interstate in my district. I would go up on the interstate before interdiction got big and i would knock off bad guys on i-75. I saw your video and it was sickening to me to see that happen to you but it also helped me. I thought about you every night when i worked and i had a few close calls. I do believe if i had not had your video for training, i would not have made it through so smooth. Thank you brother and i cant wait to meet you in heaven one day. God bless you and your family brother.

retired
Chattanooga Police Dept.
June 27, 2017

 

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