Trooper David E. Temple

Trooper David E. Temple

Alabama Department of Public Safety, Alabama

End of Watch Thursday, September 13, 1979

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David E. Temple

Trooper David Temple was shot and killed as he attempted to arrest a man who had just robbed a car lot in Decatur.

Trooper Temple spotted a vehicle that had been reported in an armed robbery earlier in the day. He followed the vehicle for approximately two miles while waiting for back up to arrive. When Trooper Temple pulled up to the suspect on Highway 20, near Mooresville, the man leaned out of the car and opened fire, striking Trooper Temple. The man then got out of the car and walked to where Trooper Temple lay on the ground and shot him three more times.

The suspect fled the scene and led police on a chase through Madison. He was shot and killed by Madison police officers after wounding another officer.

Trooper Temple had previously served with the United States Army.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .44 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed


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I tell your Story also As I was only 16 when you died, but you and my Father had plenty of fun times riding Motorcycles. I still remember my Dad bringing me to your APT in Huntsville Later when you moved in your APT on the Beltline in Decatur and Managed the Apt's and let the Moore Family swim in the apt pool and Later when you and Diane had a house in Priceville. He Once had a Harley Davidson tore down in in His living room Floor. He was the Coolest nicest Trooper I have ever Known.He would let me ride along as he had the High pursuit car, If you tried to run it was Dave job to CATCH YOU. Like MAD MAX, Man them was the days. Randy Moore. I was like his kid before his Daughter was born that he never got to meet. He would Have been the best Father ever!!!RIP Dave.... Hope to see you In Heaven one day MY SUPER TROOPER.....Thanks for my Love of Motor Cycles and Speed!!!!!

Randy Moore
Friend during my Teen yrs

October 20, 2017

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