Trooper Douglas Wayne Tripp

Trooper Douglas Wayne Tripp

Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, May 19, 1991

Douglas Wayne Tripp

Trooper Douglas Tripp was shot multiple times and killed while he sat in his patrol car. The man shot Trooper Tripp ten times in the head and neck. The suspect charged with shooting Trooper Tripp told authorities that he shot the officer because he didn't deserve a speeding ticket.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder. He was released from prison in 2008.

Trooper Tripp had served with the Tennessee Highway Patrol for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 5591

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, May 18, 1991
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Convicted of murder

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Twenty seven years as of this coming May 19th. Wow, hard to believe. It has been a long hard road since you've been gone. Anger still flames with thoughts of your loss, the why's, the how, and all involved. It is amazing how your still so remembered by many in our community, you definitely made an impact in a lot of people's lives. They either loved you or hated you depending on which side of the track they were on. But even some on the wrong side admired you. I still miss you terribly and my heart goes out to all the families that will be in Washington this month to pay tribute to all the Officers killed in the line of duty for the year 2017. Gone but never forgotten. Love you dad.

Deborah Tripp, daughter

May 4, 2018

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