Trooper Mark Hunter Coates

Trooper Mark Hunter Coates

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

End of Watch Friday, November 20, 1992

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Mark Hunter Coates

Corporal Mark Coates was shot and killed after stopping a car for weaving in traffic on I-95 near the Georgia border.

During the traffic stop the subject began to struggle with Corporal Coates and they both fell to the ground. The man fired a .22 caliber handgun into Corporal Coates' chest, but the round was stopped by his vest.

Corporal Coates was able to force the man off of him and return fire, striking the him five times in the chest with his .357 caliber revolver. As he retreated for cover and to radio for backup, the man fired another shot. The round struck Trooper Coates in the left armpit and traveled into his heart.

The man survived the incident and was sentenced to life in prison.

Corporal Coates was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the South Carolina Highway patrol for five years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, two step-daughters, parents, sister and brother.

Bio

  • Age 31
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 709
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

traffic stop

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Mark, it's been a while since anyone left you a note. I see your face every time I am at the office. Along with the others who paid the ultimate price in Beaufort and Jasper. Not a shift goes by you do not cross my mind when I get on I-95. I never knew you personally, but we are brothers. Something in me said to watch the video again tonight. Like always, I regret it. I wound up here. Rest easy sir, we have the watch from here.

SCHP Trooper
SCHP

August 12, 2022

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