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Trooper Mark S. Charbonnier | Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts

Trooper

Mark S. Charbonnier

Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Friday, September 2, 1994

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 953

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Trooper Mark Charbonnier was shot and killed as he approached a van he had stopped on the side of Route 3 near Kingston, Massachusetts.

The subject opened fire while still seated in the van. As Trooper Charbonnier retreated to the back of the van the man continued to fire, striking him below his vest.

Trooper Charbonnier was able to return fire and wounded the suspect in the arm and head. Trooper Charbonnier was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds a short time later.

The subject was a convicted killer on parole. He was convicted of Trooper Charbonnier's murder and sentenced to life without parole.

Trooper Charbonnier had served with the Massachusetts State Police for six years. He was assigned to D Troop.

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The year Mark was killed I was a rookie officer with the NYC Police. I knew his brother Al from night school at Northeastern Univ. Now onto my second law enforcement career and teaching a firearms class, Mark's death will be mentioned. Sad that when someone 'famous' like a musician or actor passes the public will forever remember where they were when the heard the news. When a coward assassinates a Trooper, soon the memory is lost as 'life goes on'. Peace to the Charbonnier family for their selfless service to the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Semper Fi, Mac

Ret. Sgt. Mark P. Ridge
NYCPD Emergency Service Unit
October 19, 2016

 

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