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Trooper Russell W. Harper | Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri

Trooper

Russell W. Harper

Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri

End of Watch: Sunday, February 8, 1987

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 18 years

Badge # 670

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; Semi-automatic

Offender: Executed in 1998

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Trooper Harper was shot and killed after stopping a white supremacist. The man exited his vehicle and opened fire with an automatic weapon, killing Trooper Harper before he could exit his cruiser. The suspect was executed on April 4, 1998, for the murder of Trooper Harper.

Trooper Harper had been with the agency for 18 years and was survived by his wife, three sons and a stepdaughter.

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There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of you, Dad, and the huge sacrifice that you made that fateful day. As well as the many other law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line everyday to serve and protect. I'd like to thank all the people that have stopped by and left a comment on my fathers' page. I love and respect my father, to this day, as well as many others do.

Brad Harper
Middle son
November 25, 2015

 

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