Trooper Jimmie Elliott Linegar

Trooper Jimmie Elliott Linegar

Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri

End of Watch Monday, April 15, 1985

Jimmie Elliott Linegar

Trooper Jimmie Linegar was shot and killed by a white supremacist he and his partner stopped at checkpoint. Neither Trooper Linegar nor his partner were aware that the man they had stopped had just been indicted by a federal grand jury for involvement in a Neo-Nazi group accused of murder. The suspect immediately exited the vehicle and opened fire on him with an automatic weapon.

The suspect was apprehended five days later in Forsyth, Missouri. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Trooper Linegar had served with the Missouri State Highway Patrol for four years and had previously served with the Lebanon Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife, 5-year-old daughter, and 3-year-old son.

In the summer of 2003 a stretch of Route 86 was renamed in honor of Trooper Linegar.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 865

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Mac-11
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I met Trooper Linegar's father Leonard "Hewy" on a trip to the Wilson's Creek Battlefield a few years ago. During our conversation I learned much about Jimmie and how he was always one who would defend those who were bullied. Hewy told me of a young man with special needs that Jimmie stood up for and made him his friend, to protect him from the cruelty he would receive at school. He sounded like an amazing man who chose a career to continue doing this mission of helping others while wearing a badge. I am humbled to know the story of Trooper Linegar, and offer his family and department my condolences.

Fire Captain Matthew Colvin
CAL FIRE Riverside County

September 24, 2018

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