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Trooper James M. Froemsdorf | Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri


James M. Froemsdorf

Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri

End of Watch: Saturday, March 2, 1985

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # 261

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Trooper Froemsdorf was shot and killed with his own weapon after making a traffic stop. During the stop he placed the driver in handcuffs and in the front seat of his cruiser so he could search the vehicle. He located identification and determined that the suspect was wanted on four warrants out of Texas.

Meanwhile, the suspect was able to compress his hand, due to an old injury, to the size of his wrist and squeeze out of one of the handcuffs. The suspect then grabbed Trooper Froemsdorf's handgun and shot him several times. The suspect was later apprehended and sentenced to death. He was executed on July 11, 2001.

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I remember going to a class years ago at the academy in Jeff City and talking with at lunch every day I was there. He was a very nice man and loved what he was doing.

Detective Kenneth Hotsenpiller
Franklin County Sheriff's Office
March 3, 2016


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