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Trooper Jimmie Elliott Linegar | Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri

Trooper

Jimmie Elliott Linegar

Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri

End of Watch: Monday, April 15, 1985

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 865

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/15/1985

Weapon: Handgun; Mac-11

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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Trooper Jimmie Linegar was shot and killed by a white supremacist he and his partner stopped at checkpoint. Neither Trooper Linegar nor his partner were aware that the man they had stopped had just been indicted by a federal grand jury for involvement in a Neo-Nazi group accused of murder. The suspect immediately exited the vehicle and opened fire on him with an automatic weapon.

The suspect was apprehended five days later in Forsyth, Missouri. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Trooper Linegar had served with the Missouri State Highway Patrol for four years and had previously served with the Lebanon Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife, 5-year-old daughter, and 3-year-old son.

In the summer of 2003 a stretch of Route 86 was renamed in honor of Trooper Linegar.

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I remember as a young boy, a couple weeks before Trooper Linegar died, he stopped my mother in Abseville, MO for expired plates....my deadbeat alcoholic father did not renew the plates as he should have. Sitting in the backseat with my other 3 young siblings, I remember Trooper Linegar's professionalism and kindness. He addressed all of us in the back seat and was very compassionate to mom's plight. He let mom off with a warning. A couple weeks later, we were saddened to be watching the news such a horrific act.

Some people leave impressions in our lives, often unknowingly. Just a simple act of kindness, a simple act of compassion can have an everlasing impression on someone. True character is conducting yourself in a positive manner when noone is watching. I express to the family that Trooper Linegar was truly a man of great character in my mind and experience. I hope that can bring some joy to your heart.

Ray Emert
January 19, 2013

 

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