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


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

Weapon: Handgun; Mac-11

Offender: 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 didn't know this man but today I saw someone on facebook talking about wanting to get tinted windows on their next vehicle. They live in Georgia and are concerned about the laws there. This reminded immediately of Officer Linegar and the reason Missouri now has laws concerning tinted windows. I'm getting old and was surprised 30 years have passed so quickly. While I forget a lot of things, Jimmie Linegar's name came to me immediately. Just saying "He is remembered" even by those who were not privileged to know him personally. I haven't lived in Missouri for almost 14 years now, but it will always be "where I'm from."

Vivian Hagar
April 13, 2015


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