Trooper Scott Edward Phillips

Trooper Scott Edward Phillips

New Hampshire State Police, New Hampshire

End of Watch Tuesday, August 19, 1997

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Scott Edward Phillips

Troopers Scott Phillips and Leslie Lord were shot and killed after Trooper Phillips had stopped a vehicle.

The suspect immediately exited his vehicle and opened fire on Trooper Phillips with an automatic rifle, wounding him in the hand. Trooper Phillips was able to return fire and emptied his entire magazine but did not wound the suspect, who was wearing a bullet proof vest.

Trooper Lord pulled up to the scene without knowing that shots had been fired and was shot before he exited his patrol car. The suspect then returned and shot Trooper Phillips four more times, execution style, killing him. He then stole Trooper Phillips' patrol car and drove to the office of a local newspaper where he shot and killed a part-time judge, with whom he had a long standing grudge, and a newspaper editor who had tried to intervene.

The suspect then drove into Vermont where he shot and wounded a New Hampshire Fish and Game officer who attempted to stop him. The officer's life was saved when a bullet struck his badge and ricocheted off. The suspect then stopped the patrol car and setup an ambush. Two Vermont state troopers located the patrol car and approached it with a canine unit. The canine alerted the troopers to the suspect who was in an ambush position on a nearby hill, giving the officers an opportunity to take cover as the suspect opened fire on them from the hill. Two New Hampshire state troopers and a United State Border Patrol agent were all shot and wounded in the final shootout with the suspect at that location.

Upon searching the suspect's property, officials found massive caches of booby trapped bomb materials and weapons hidden in underground tunnels.

Trooper Phillips served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman in Panama from 1985-1989. He joined the New Hampshire State Police in 1990.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 608
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Automatic
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Dear Scott,

We started in the same platoon & squad at the 549th and then we both moved to the PMO. One night on the graveyard shift we were out on the front porch of the PMO, shooting the breeze. You told me you were planning on joining the state troopers when you got out of the Army. After we left Panama the next time I saw your face was when I opened Parade magazine and read what had happened. I cried; you were the most squared away MP I ever had the pleasure of working with, and I always knew you would be successful. You were - but you were robbed of a long life, and your family and friends had someone special ripped away from them far too soon. You were a credit to every organization you were ever a part of, and every uniform you ever wore, and I am so glad I had the chance to know you. I hope you are at peace wherever you are.

SSG Janet T. Simmons
549th MP Co, Ft. Davis, Panama

October 16, 2017

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