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Trooper Verlyn Lamonte Mettler | South Dakota Highway Patrol, South Dakota South Dakota Highway Patrol, South Dakota

Trooper

Verlyn Lamonte Mettler

South Dakota Highway Patrol, South Dakota

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 9, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Patrolman Verlyn Mettler was shot and killed in his front yard, in Chamberlin, by a suspect he had arrested on an earlier date.

He was backing away from his home when the suspect, who had been parked in a nearby alley, pulled alongside his car and shot him twice through the window. The suspect then fled to Oacoma where he committed suicide.

Patrolman Mettler had served with agency for six years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.

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It’s been 40 years since that horrible day but know you are not forgotten. You served your country and then continued serving others by taking the oath as a Trooper for South Dakota. Although I had just met you the week before this tragedy, you touched me with your friendliness and warm, sincere smile. Your professionalism, dedication, and devotion to duty always shined as you touched many lives. You’ll never be forgotten. Continue to rest in peace, Trooper Mettler, your watch is covered!

Former Trooper Rod Warne
South Dakota Highway Patrol
March 9, 2016

 

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