Trooper Glen A. Skalman

Trooper Glen A. Skalman

Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota

End of Watch Sunday, December 27, 1964

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Glen A. Skalman

Trooper Glen Skalman succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained 10 days earlier while making a traffic stop on US 61 two miles north of Forest Lake.

Trooper Skalman had stopped a vehicle on Highway 61 for erratic driving. The suspect was seated in the passenger seat of the squad car while Trooper Skalman was writing the ticket. The suspect pulled out a gun and suddenly shot the trooper 5 times, including three times in the face. The suspect was identified quickly as the trooper was still conscious when the first responding officer arrived and Skalman told him to look at the ticket pad where he had written down the suspects license plate number. Despite multiple surgeries, he died 10 days later never regaining consciousness.

The subject was later apprehended and sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. He was released after only serving seven years of his sentence.

In 2014, U.S. Highway 10 in Minnesota was named Trooper Glen Skalman Memorial Highway.

Trooper Skalman had served with the Minnesota State Patrol for three years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 326

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, December 17, 1964
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 40 years

traffic stop

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Trooper Skalman your sacrifice will never be forgotten. It has been an amazing honor to get to know and work side by side with your daughter for a number of years with Minnesota LEMA Honor Guard and Board. She is now a dear friend. God bless.

Sheriff Kevin Torgerson
Olmsted County Sheriff's Office Minnesota LEMA Board of Directors

March 18, 2022

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