Trooper Billy M. Langham

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Trooper Billy M. Langham

Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Mississippi Highway Patrol, Mississippi

End of Watch Thursday, December 31, 1981

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Billy M. Langham

Trooper Billy Langham was shot and killed after stopping a speeding motorist on Highway 49 near Collins, Mississippi.

The vehicle was occupied by four male subjects. Trooper Langham noticed a butcher knife on the front seat and removed the front seat occupant of the vehicle to be searched. He also removed the knife and placed it on the top of his patrol car. As he was bent over searching the car, the subject grabbed the knife from the top of the cruiser and began stabbing Trooper Langham in the back. He attempted to draw his weapon but was overpowered by the subjects and was fatally shot with it.

The suspects fled but were followed by witnesses. The suspects, 30, 37, and two, 27, were apprehended an hour later when they attempted to run a roadblock on U.S. 49 south of Collins.

Two suspects, 27 and 30, were sentenced to life. The other 27-year-old was sentenced to 25 years. The killer, 37, was sentenced to death. He was granted a new trial and sentenced to life on October 26, 1992. He died in prison in 2009. As of December 4, 2022, the 30-year-old was in prison. Another was released in 1989. The fourth died in prison on March 7, 2018.

Trooper Langham had served with the Mississippi Highway Patrol for eight years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

A section of U.S. Highway 49 in Collins was dedicated to Trooper Langham's memory.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge J-52

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

convicted felon, traffic stop

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We love you, daddy.. you are NEVER forgotten…always missed, loved, thought of and talked about! …We are still serving the sentence handed down by your murderers, (who will be back up for parole very soon ) but living a life you would be proud of

Daughter Barbie Langham Diamond

January 19, 2024

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