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

domestic, off duty

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I too had the privilege of serving with Mark. I was the training officer of the 95th Division Leadership Academy, our drill sergeant school. I remember him as sort of a conundrum. He was a big, goofy, lovable niave kid. Yet he was going places. A young hard stripe corporal, no easy feat by itself, he was someone who had a clear vision and the path he would follow. It didn't take long to figure out that under the fa├žade of a lovable goofball was a sharp, motivated individual with serious skills and a game plan for life.

I first heard of his loss from former Leadership Academy members. I was struck with a profound sadness that someone who had so much to offer and such a willingness to share it was taken from us at such a young age. All these years later I can still see that silly grin and remember the good natured teasing we gave him. We'll always miss you kid.

MAJ (R) Carl O. Owen, III
EN Sec, HQ, 95th Division

September 22, 2019

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