Trooper Verlyn Lamonte Mettler

Trooper Verlyn Lamonte Mettler

South Dakota Highway Patrol, South Dakota

End of Watch Tuesday, March 9, 1976

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Verlyn Lamonte Mettler

Patrolman Verlyn Mettler was shot and killed in his front yard, in Chamberlin, by a suspect he had arrested on an earlier date.

He was backing away from his home when the suspect, who had been parked in a nearby alley, pulled alongside his car and shot him twice through the window. The suspect then fled to Oacoma where he committed suicide.

Patrolman Mettler had served with agency for six years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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When I was in high school, I got pulled over by Trooper Mettler for coasting through a stop sign. He had me sit in his car to talk about what had happened. He seemed truly interested in how I was doing in school. I couldn’t help but like the guy. After we talked for a short while, he looked at my letter jacket and said, “Well, Jeff, I will remember your name. I went to Jefferson High School, and he was looking at the partially obscured school lettering. I didn’t correct him. I just said, “Thanks.” He waited a second, and then unfolded the other side of my jacket and said with a smile, “I’ll remember your name, Gary.” I at once felt guilty for trying to mislead him. I was also struck by his friendly, accepting way of dealing with people, even people who might not be as cooperative as they should be. When I heard about his death in the line of duty, I was truly saddened. He was a good man.

Gary Bathurst
Then - High School Student

November 28, 2017

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