Trooper Bruce Thompson Brown

Trooper Bruce Thompson Brown

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch Friday, October 14, 1977

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Bruce Thompson Brown

Trooper Brown was shot and killed while he and another officer were transferring prisoners from one location to another. As they were logging the prisoners in, one of the men grabbed the other officer's service weapon.

As Trooper Brown attempted to subdue the man he was shot. The suspect was eventually apprehended and is currently incarcerated at the West Virginia Penitentiary Mt. Olive, sentenced to life without parole

Trooper Brown was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Escaped from prison

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I was there that terrible day. I was only 17 years old but had been a victim of the prisoner previously that year. I had to face that man in a lineup that day. The line ups there were face to face, not one way glass. I remember that there was a commotion going on but no one would tell me what was happening. It wasn’t until late that day, on the way home that I was told what had happened.

Right after that man had held me at gun point, his accomplice held a knife to my throat, I had a notion to run him over when he ran behind my car, but he hadn’t physically harmed me and I was too scared to. I have always regretted that decision.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice, Trooper Brown. I’ll never forget you or that day.

Robert Lamond (ordained minister)
I was there.

December 12, 2021

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