Trooper Mark Jeffrey Phebus

Trooper Mark Jeffrey Phebus

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Monday, September 17, 1990

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Mark Jeffrey Phebus

Trooper Mark Phebus was shot and killed on FM 1774 near Magnolia, Montgomery County, when he stopped a husband and wife who were bumping each other's cars in a domestic dispute.

Trooper Phebus was off duty and returning home after a weekend out of town when he encountered what he believed to be a vehicle crash after seeing the vehicles collide. He identified himself and asked the female to find a phone to call 911. The male subject shot Trooper Phebus after she left the scene.

A capital murder warrant was issued for the male subject but he committed suicide before being arrested.

Trooper Phebus had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for seven months. He was survived by parents.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 7 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .44 caliber
  • Offender Committed suicide

off duty, domestic

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I along with my Sergeant were responsible for delivering the unfortunate news to Trooper Mark Phebus' parents. I just became a Trooper myself in 1988 and I was also 23 years. That day has stayed with me ever since. I'll will never forget it. I didn't know Trooper Phebus personally but I know enough from the facts of that event he was true Texas State Trooper. I was also there the day we found the suspect who cowardly killed himself next to nearby train tracks. The sub-human broke his leg after what we believed was an attempt to jump on a moving train to escape.

Ruben Espinoza - Retired Special Age
Texas Department of Public Safety

January 11, 2024

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