Trooper Joseph Merritt Elliott

Trooper Joseph Merritt Elliott

Illinois State Police, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, October 20, 1933

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Joseph Merritt Elliott

Trooper Elliott was killed in an automobile crash while he and another officer returned to the district headquarters in Peoria, Illinois.

The officers were attempting to pass another car when the patrol car went out of control on the wet road surface. Trooper Elliott was pinned underneath the car and succumbed to his injuries several hours later.

Trooper Elliott had served with the Illinois State Police for seven months and was assigned to District 8. Trooper Elliott was survived by his wife.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 7 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

vehicle crash, weather

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Trooper Elliott,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Illinois. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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October 20, 2023

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