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


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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I had met trooper Harper but I did not know him well. I will never forget the night he was killed or his funeral. I was on scene that night and almost remember it like it was yesterday. The Good die to young.

Ret. Cpl. Bill Buron
Springfield Missouri PD
February 9, 2017


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