Trooper First Class Harold Bruce Rupert

Trooper First Class Harold Bruce Rupert

Delaware State Police, Delaware

End of Watch Thursday, April 19, 1962

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Harold Bruce Rupert

Trooper Rupert was killed in an automobile accident during a pursuit of a car he had attempted to stop for traffic violations.

The chase had just crossed the state line into Pennsylvania when the vehicle Trooper Rupert was a passenger in tried to pass the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle rammed the patrol car, causing it to collide with an oncoming tractor-trailer. Trooper Rupert received fatal injuries in the collision and his partner was seriously injured. The driver of the suspect vehicle later turned himself in after learning of the fatal accident and was charged with involuntary manslaughter.

The 22-year-old was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to one year in a Pennsylvania prison. He served his sentence and was returned to Delaware where he was convicted of several traffic violations. He was sentenced to 10 years probation, fined $3,400.00, and his license was revoked for 10 years.

Trooper Rupert, a U.S. Marine Corps and Korean War veteran, had served with the agency for 6 years. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 1
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to 1 year

vehicle pursuit

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TFC Rupert,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC during the Korean War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO;former Marine

United States Border Patrol

April 19, 2022

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