Trooper Craig A. Scott

Trooper Craig A. Scott

Michigan State Police, Michigan

End of Watch Tuesday, February 9, 1982

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Craig A. Scott

Trooper Craig Scott was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle for speeding in Ingham County.

Unbeknownst to him, the two occupants of the vehicle had stolen it four days earlier. The driver produced a driver's license but failed to produce a registration for the vehicle. Trooper Scott attempted to radio in the information but could not contact the dispatcher. He then approached the driver again and placed him under arrest.

As he walked the subject back to the patrol car, the passenger exited the vehicle, snuck up behind him, and shot him in the back three times at a range of three feet.

The two men fled the scene but were apprehended in the neighboring county after stealing a car at gunpoint. Both men were sentenced to life in prison.

Trooper Scott was a United States Army veteran who served with the Michigan State Police for four years.

In September 2019, U.S. 127 from Jackson County to Ingham County's Exit 56 was renamed Trooper Craig A. Scott Memorial Highway.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 535
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Both sentenced to life

traffic stop, stolen vehicle

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Perhaps the most profound person in my childhood was you. Whenever I see the Michigan State Trooper uniform, I am immediately brought back to a time when you would walk through the front door with your uniform on...and it brought me great peace. You were a man of values and standards, an emotionally loving person who tucked me in every night and gave me an enormous sense of stability and security. I knew I was loved, unconditionally.

Yesterday, I received messages and calls from those who remember you: police officers, friends, and family. In your absence we are all connected, missing you so deeply. You are always with me.

Jessica L. Misch

Jessica L. Misch

February 10, 2023

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