Trooper Billy M. Langham

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 five 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 he 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 fatally shot with it. The suspects fled but were followed by witnesses and ultimately captured. The suspects were sentenced to life in prison. One of the offenders died in prison in March 2018.

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

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

Bio

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

Incident Details

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

traffic stop

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I went to his funeral. I’d only been a certified Officer since July ‘79 and it was my first and I’ve never forgotten. It was then I learned what it really meant about law enforcement “family”. RIP Trooper Langham, you will never be forgotten.

Lt. Dory May, retired
Pearl Police Dept.

January 3, 2020

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