Trooper David Bruce Ladner

Trooper David Bruce Ladner

Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Highway Patrol, Mississippi

End of Watch Sunday, April 12, 1987

David Bruce Ladner

Trooper Ladner was shot and killed on I-10, in Harrison County, by a suspect who turned out to be wanted in Florida. During the stop Trooper Ladner asked the driver for consent to search the vehicle. The suspect then produced a .38 caliber revolver and shot Trooper Ladner in the chest, knocking him to the ground. He shot him a second time and then stole his service weapon and patrol car.

Although mortally wounded, Trooper Ladner was able to flag down a passing motorist, who transported him to a local hospital. He succumbed to his wounds two days later.

The suspect was convicted of Trooper Ladner's murder and sentenced to death. He was executed on July 17, 2002.

Trooper Ladner had been with the agency for 9 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

A section of US Highway 49, in Harrison County, was dedicated in Trooper Ladner's memory.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge K-34

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, April 10, 1987
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed in 2002

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Rest in peace Trooper Ladner. Your bravery was appreciated. I was wondering if you were related to basketball player, Wendell Ladner kille di na 1975 plane crash in New Orleans.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 1, 2018

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