Trooper James Matthew Bava

Trooper James Matthew Bava

Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri

End of Watch Friday, August 28, 2015

James Matthew Bava

Trooper James Bava was killed in a single-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway FF and County Road 977, in Audrain County, shortly before 8:30 am.

He was pursuing a speeding motorcycle when his patrol car crashed.

The driver of the motorcycle was arrested on November 23rd, 2015, following a three-month long investigation. The man was charged with second-degree murder, resisting a lawful stop, resisting arrest by a state trooper, careless driving, excessive speeding, and failure to register a vehicle.

In March 2018 the subject Trooper Bava was pursuing was acquitted of manslaughter.

Trooper Bava had served with the Missouri State Highway Patrol for two years and was assigned to Troop F. He is survived by his parents, two brothers, three sisters, and fiancee.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 years, 2 months
  • Badge 162

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile; Motorcycle
  • Offender Acquitted of manslaughter

traffic stop, vehicle pursuit

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John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 7, 2018

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