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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 travel to Bentonville, AR somewhat frequently and see the sign honoring Trooper Linegar on a stretch of MO 86. Recently it really took even more meaning for me. Just the other day my elderly Mother was involved in a vehicle accident (not her fault) on a scary road. Trooper Linegar with the State Highway Patrol was one of two troopers who came to the call. I knew I somehow knew the name but not sure at the time how. I feel pretty certain that the Trooper Linegar who came was his son. I cannot express the gratitude I have for the troopers service and sadness at the untimely murder of his who I think to be his Father. I pray for his safety along with all members of our police men and women. My thanks feels like not enough but I support and honor these men and women.

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December 15, 2014

 

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