Trooper Steven K. Gardner

Trooper Steven K. Gardner

Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Highway Patrol, Mississippi

End of Watch Friday, March 23, 1984

Steven K. Gardner

Trooper Steven Gardner was shot and killed by a suspect he had arrested earlier in the night. The suspect bonded out of jail, changed cars, and began searching for Trooper Gardner. After several hours the suspect located Trooper Gardner parked on the side Highway 51 near Hazelhurst doing paperwork. The suspect then intentionally struck Trooper Gardner's patrol car.
Trooper Gardner notified dispatch he had been involved in an accident and was checking on the other driver. As he approached the car he was shot in the chest. The round struck him in between the panels of his vest. As he fell to the ground he was able to return fire and kill the suspect.

The ensuing investigation determined that the suspect had searched for Trooper Gardner for most of the night and that Trooper Gardner did not immediately recognize him because he had switched cars.

Trooper Gardner had served with the agency for one year. A portion of United States Highway 51 South of Hazlehurst has been dedicated to Trooper Gardner.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge M-11

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Trooper Gardner, it's been 33 years now and your sacrifice will never ever be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to The Great State of Mississippi and the citizens you were sworn to protect! Continue to rest in peace my fellow "RedLeg"!
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of GOD." Matthew 5:9

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, TroopD

March 23, 2017

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