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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

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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Trooper Linegar's life was taken from him very shortly after I graduated from Police Academy and I was in field training. The tragedy of Trooper Linegar's death brought home to me how very dangerous my chosen occupation was; as a "indestructible" 22 year old. The lessons I took away from Trooper Linegar''s shooting stayed with me for my whole career and, I believe, helped me be a safer officer. Thank you Jimmie for your sacrifice and dedication to a life of service.

Captain Dave Moore (RET)
Overland Park Police
July 23, 2017

 

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