Trooper Marvin L. Hansen

Trooper Marvin L. Hansen

Nebraska State Patrol, Nebraska

End of Watch Thursday, April 8, 1954

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Marvin L. Hansen

Trooper Marvin Hansen was shot and killed after stopping a stolen vehicle near Valentine, Nebraska.

The sheriff of Cherry County had received information that the vehicle would be stripped of parts in a rural area, and he and Trooper Hansen set up a stakeout on the Berry Bridge . They stopped the vehicle when it approached, and one of the suspects fled. Trooper Hansen chased the man and was shot and killed about 200 feet from the road. He was killed just minutes before his 29th birthday.

The suspect was arrested and initially sentenced to death but was acquitted in a second trial and freed.

Trooper Hansen was a United States Army WWII veteran and had served with the Nebraska State Patrol for seven years. He was survived by his wife, parents, and brother.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 98
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

stolen vehicle

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Trooper Hansen,
On today, the 70th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army in the Aleutian Islands during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

April 8, 2024

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