Trooper Samuel Newton Bullard

Trooper Samuel Newton Bullard

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

End of Watch Monday, May 21, 2018

Samuel Newton Bullard

Trooper Samuel Bullard was killed in a vehicle crash while involved in a pursuit on I-77, near mile marker 82 in Yadkin County, at approximately 11:00 pm.

He and another trooper were conducting a drivers license checkpoint when a black BMW sped through and refused to stop. The troopers pursued the vehicle onto I-77. When the lead trooper no longer saw Trooper Bullard behind him, and could not raise him on the radio, he broke off the pursuit and turned around. Trooper Bullard's vehicle was located at mile marker 82 at a bridge abutment fully engulfed in flames.

The vehicle that was being pursued was later found abandoned. The driver was identified, arrested, and charged with murder, felony eluding, and driving on a revoked license.

Trooper Bullard had served with the North Carolina Highway Patrol for three years and was assigned to Surry County.

He is survived by his fiancee, parents, brother, sister, grandparents, and extended family.

Bio

  • Age 24
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge E532

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Charged with murder

vehicle pursuit

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Samuel was killed in the line of duty.

To the Bullard family, fellow troopers , and all who call Samuel beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace. I hope that your family knows that a nation mourned for you.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Samuel gave to his community and the citizens of my birth state of North Carolina and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on May 24th, 2018.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

July 27, 2018

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