Officer Robert Joseph Coulter

Officer Robert Joseph Coulter

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Sunday, November 2, 2003

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Robert Joseph Coulter

Officer Robert Coulter was accidentally shot and killed while placing his department-issued shotgun in the electronic shotgun rack of his patrol car.

The shotgun is normally positioned in a vertical position between the two front seats. It is believed the trigger was depressed when Officer Coulter positioned the shotgun in the lock. The incident occurred in the parking lot of the CHP's Weaverville station.

Officer Coulter's shift started at 6:00 a.m., and another officer discovered his body at approximately 9:30 a.m.

Officer Coulter was a United States Army Military Police veteran and had served with the California Highway Patrol for 14 years. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, mother, and two sisters.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 12941
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

accidental discharge

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Officer Coulter,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served as a U.S. Army Military Policeman. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 2, 2023

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