Trooper Jimmie Elliott Linegar

Trooper Jimmie Elliott Linegar

Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri

End of Watch Monday, April 15, 1985

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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.

Bio

  • Age 31
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 865

Incident Details

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

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I first met Jim Linegar at Pipkin Jr. High School in Springfield, MO in 1967. Jim was a year ahead of me in the 8th grade. The one impression Jim always left with you was respect and gratitude. If he wasn't the nice person you had met in your life, he was in the top two. That was Jim Linegar. Of course when I got to high school Jim was a sophomore, but the Jim I met in Jr. High was still the same person with great integrity. Jim graduated in 1971 and went on with his career but when you were browsing the yearbook and came across Jim's picture all you could think of was, such a nice and respectful person. In 1985 I was 31 when my brother informed me of Jim's death and by whom. All I could say was, why did this have to happen to such a nice person as Jim Linegar? He never done anything to hurt anybody, why? All I could think of, was God needed some help in heaven and he needed someone with Jim character. I didn't know about his family, but with all I read the children are a chip off the ole block. The block is built of love, integrity, honor, pride, and a whole bunch of nice. So on this anniversary I salute his family, relatives and friends in honoring Jim Linegar one of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet. Rest in heaven, Jim.
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Mark S. Franklin
Jr. & High School mate.

April 15, 2019

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