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Trooper David Bruce Ladner | Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Highway Patrol, Mississippi Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Highway Patrol, Mississippi


David Bruce Ladner

Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Highway Patrol, Mississippi

End of Watch: Sunday, April 12, 1987

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 9 years

Badge # K-34

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/10/1987

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Executed in 2002

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Trooper Ladner was shot and killed on I-10, in Harrison County, by a suspect who turned out to be wanted in Florida. During the stop Trooper Ladner asked the driver for consent to search the vehicle. The suspect then produced a .38 caliber revolver and shot Trooper Ladner in the chest, knocking him to the ground. He shot him a second time and then stole his service weapon and patrol car.

Although mortally wounded, Trooper Ladner was able to flag down a passing motorist, who transported him to a local hospital. He succumbed to his wounds two days later.

The suspect was convicted of Trooper Ladner's murder and sentenced to death. He was executed on July 17, 2002.

Trooper Ladner had been with the agency for 9 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

A section of US Highway 49, in Harrison County, was dedicated in Trooper Ladner's memory.

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Wow, I remember so much when this happened. Mr. Bruce and my uncle were best friends since high school and we were attending the same church. Not too long before this, I was having some family issues and having a rough go at it, and one Sunday Mr. Bruce came and got me out of the pew and took me to the alter with his family to pray. He told me that if I ever needed anything, to let him know. That's how I remember him, as an awesome father to his children. It's a memory that made a great impact on my life. Many thanks to your service and sacrifice, Mr. Bruce.

Teddie Gartman, III
Family friend
April 14, 2015


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