Trooper Randall Wade Vetter

Trooper Randall Wade Vetter

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Monday, August 7, 2000

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Randall Wade Vetter

Trooper Randall Vetter died from a gunshot wound he received four days earlier while conducting a traffic stop on I-35 in Kyle, Texas.

Trooper Vetter had stopped a 72-year-old driver for not wearing a seatbelt. While he was sitting in his patrol car, the suspect exited his vehicle and opened fire with a rifle. The trooper was struck in the head. Trooper Vetter was able to return fire but did not hit the suspect.

The suspect then used the patrol car's radio to say he shot the officer and requested medical assistance. The suspect was then taken into custody after a brief standoff on the roadway. The suspect was known to local officers for claiming he would shoot any officer who tried to write him a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt. The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. He died in prison in 2008.

Trooper Vetter had served with the Texas Department of Public Safety for six years. He is survived by his wife and 8-month-old son.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 8243

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, August 3, 2000
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Died in prison

traffic stop

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God Bless you kind sir and your family. I had the horrific experience of seeing this P.O.S. Out of his mind to do something so senseless. I have after seeing this , that his son had graduated and is going on to continue to do good and service the community. God Bless your whole family. And know even though I never met Randall I do pray for him every single night. This horrible sad sight has haunted me if since I have seen it. God Bless this man and his family. My heart goes out to them all. Just typing this I am tearing up as great people like this makes no sense at all why something so senseless would occur. I would love to know what this P.O.S reasoning behind this senseless and meaningless act was for... God Bless you Trooper Vetter. Never met you, but you will for always and ever be in my thoughts and prayers.

A.J. Balconis

May 18, 2019

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