Trooper Gregg Alexander Presbury

Trooper Gregg Alexander Presbury

Maryland State Police, Maryland

End of Watch Saturday, December 17, 1977

Gregg Alexander Presbury

Trooper Gregg Presbury succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained while conducting a traffic stop on Route 3, near the intersection with Route 100 in Glen Burnie, five days earlier.

During the traffic stop, Trooper Presbury radioed for backup. Before backup arrived the suspect shot the trooper. Despite being wounded he was able to return fire and wounded the suspect.

A passing motorist used the trooper's radio to report the shooting and was able to give a description of the suspect. The suspect, a paroled felon, was taken into custody and charged with Trooper Presbury's murder.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life on October 19, 1978. His conviction was overturned and he was awarded a new trial. He was again convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life plus 15 years on June 25, 1980.

Trooper Presbury had served with the Maryland State Police for 17 months. He is survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 1 year, 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, December 12, 1977
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

traffic stop

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Happy Birthday Gregg.
After Gregg called for backup, the speeder claimed he had to go to the bathroom. Gregg's human compassion caused him to allow the perpetrator out of his car prior to arrival of his backup and the lost of his life. It is sad to accept that a major portion of the persons that State Polices stop or visit are law breakers and have no goodwill in their hearts for our legal system. There in lies the dilemma of our policeman, balancing human compassion and due diligence- tilted it can cost them their lives.

Ms. Anne Presbury

May 26, 2018

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