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 knew Trooper Mark Jeffery Phebus; he was that kind of a person that once met him; he was already a friend of yours. That particular day he stopped at the Tomball Police Department to show off his brand new sports car he had purchased to showoff to officers there. He was taking his girlfriend to Sam State University in Huntsville, Texas. On his way back home, he witnesses to appeared a vehicle crash. He stopped to render help without knowing it was a boyfriend and girlfriend disturbance. He identified himself and asked the female to find a phone to call 911. The male subject shot Trooper Phebus on the head and fell to the ground without life. I heard the bad news when I reported to my shift that day. I couldn't believe what had happened because he just had stopped earlier that day at the station with his new car. I knew Mark; it was difficult to accept the bad news. During my tour of duty, all I had in my mind was Trooper Phebus; he always had a smile on his face. by some of the officers, Mark earned the nickname " Smiling Trooper Mark." To this day, you have not been forgotten by many in Tomball, Texas. RIP Mark Jeffery Phebus. You were a friend then and a friend now. Gilberto Reyna.

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April 1, 2021

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