Trooper George William Amos, Jr.

Trooper George William Amos, Jr.

Nebraska State Patrol, Nebraska

End of Watch Friday, April 20, 1973

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George William Amos, Jr.

Trooper George Amos was shot and killed with his own weapon after stopping a drunk driver on I-80 near Lexington, Nebraska.

After arresting the suspect, the man and his wife began to struggle with Trooper Amos inside the patrol car. They were able to gain control of his service weapon and shoot him. A short time later, the couple was taken into custody after a high-speed chase near Gothenburg, which ended after a state trooper rammed their vehicle.

The man was convicted of Trooper Amos' murder and sentenced to life in prison on July 26, 1973, and died in prison on April 24, 1991. His wife was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to prison.

Trooper Amos was a United States Army Vietnam veteran and had served with the Nebraska State Patrol for three years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 9

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Trooper Amos,
On today, the 50th 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 U.S. Army in Vietnam. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 20, 2023

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