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Bearcat06
03-21-05, 04:35 AM
Highway Patrol supervisor is found shot to death near Van Buren, Mo.
Post-Dispatch Staff
03/20/2005

A Missouri Highway Patrol supervisor was found shot to death outside his home Sunday afternoon about four miles north of Van Buren, Mo., a patrol spokesman said.
The trooper, Sgt. Carl Dewayne Graham, 37, was a 12-year veteran of the patrol and a zone supervisor for Carter and Reynolds counties, said Sgt. Marty Elmore of Troop G.
A passer-by found the trooper outside his home about 5:15 p.m., Elmore said. Graham worked the day shift and was still in uniform when he was found.
Graham, who was divorced, had a 4-year-old son.
Elmore described Graham as “just a real personable guy. He had a real outgoing personality with a big smile. He was a real squared away guy.”
Elmore said Graham was “very aggressive in terms of DWI enforcement. He arrested a lot of drunk drivers. It was one of the things he was really passionate about.”
“It’s just a big loss,” Elmore said. “Dewayne was extremely dedicated to this job.”
The patrol had no suspects Sunday night. Its drug and crime control unit was investigating the death.
Anyone with information related to the shooting is asked to call 573-323-8588.


http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/missouristatenews/story/BAAC74ADED5340A386256FCB001287D6?OpenDocument


USNusp9
03-21-05, 05:23 PM
Sorry to hear it. Every MSHP trooper I have met was exactly as he was described...

A real personable guy.

Johninaustin
03-21-05, 05:27 PM
Ambush dammit. I wonder what cases he was working on?:mad:


Bearcat06
03-21-05, 06:06 PM
Ambush dammit. I wonder what cases he was working on?:mad:

Where he works (lower part of the State, near the middle) is a hot bed of Meth.......They did say in the teletype and in the article he was a huge DWI hound.....so who knows.
I will let everyone know if I hear more......

George
03-22-05, 12:25 AM
This is off the Missouri State Highway Patrol (http://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/Root/index.html) website. Just a little bit more information on the officer in this snip.


Captain B.E. Chadwick, Commanding Officer, Troop G, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Willow Springs, Missouri, regretfully announces the death of Sergeant Carl D. Graham, badge #223.

On Sunday, March 20, 2005, at 5:18 p.m., Troop G Headquarters received a telephone call from a citizen who stated that they had discovered Sergeant Graham's body at his residence near Van Buren, Missouri, the apparent victim of a homicide.

The investigation into the homicide continues. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.

A native of Dexter, Missouri, Sergeant Graham had been a member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol since January 1993. He was first assigned to Troop G, Zone 6, in Thayer. On June 1, 1995, he transferred to Zone 1 and was assigned to Wright County. On July 1, 1997 he was promoted to the rank of corporal and remained in Wright County. On January 1, 2002 he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and was transferred to Carter and Reynolds County in Troop G. Sergeant Graham is survived by his parents and a four-year-old son.

Hopefully they catch the stupid sob who did this.

MOCOP
03-22-05, 11:08 AM
Rest in Peace Trooper.


I hope they get the #$%& Assbag that did this pronto :mad:

MORA Ranger
03-23-05, 10:35 AM
Here's what I found on the NPS Morning report, seems they do have a suspect.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways (MO)
Trooper Murdered Near Park

Missouri State Police sergeant Dewayne Graham was shot and killed as he got out of his patrol vehicle at his home just a mile from the park’s boundary at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 20th. Graham had just finished his shift and was still in uniform. His body was discovered by a neighbor shortly after he was murdered. Several park staff, including law enforcement rangers, live near Graham’s residence. The park currently has six protection rangers assisting state police with investigations, primarily escorting investigators around the local area to interview various people. The prime suspect has also made threats towards one of the park’s protection rangers. Protection rangers had a very close working relationship with Graham, who had been assigned to the area for five years. Park staff are also consoling Cathy Crowley, a permanent park employee who was engaged to Graham. Officers from the state police, county sheriff’s office, state conservation department, state water patrol, Forest Service, ATF and Secret Service are involved in the investigation. [Submitted by Kinsey Shilling, Chief Ranger]

George
03-26-05, 01:21 AM
The reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for the death of Sergeant Carl D. Graham Jr. has been increased to $30,000. Originally, The Missouri State Troopers Association offered a $5,000 reward. Soon after, the Illinois Troopers Association added $5,000 to the fund. An anonymous donor has given an additional $20,000 to The MASTERS (Missouri State Troopers Emergency Relief Society) with the intention the money be offered as reward money in the investigation of Sergeant Graham’s death.

Sergeant Graham was killed in the line of duty on Sunday, March 20, 2005. His body was discovered outside his residence, the apparent victim of a homicide. The investigation of the homicide continues, and further information will be provided when it becomes available.

Individuals having information that is pertinent to this case can call the Southeast Missouri Crime Stoppers hotline at 573-332-0500. All phone calls are kept confidential.

They have also started a memorial fund for the officer.


A fund has been established in memory of Sergeant Carl D. Graham Jr., Missouri State Highway Patrol. Sergeant Graham was found slain near his residence on March 20, 2005. This fund will benefit Sergeant Graham's four-year-old son, Hayden, who survives him.

The memorial fund has been established at the First Midwest Bank, P.O. Box 129, Van Buren, Missouri 63965 (573) 323-4246. Anyone wishing to make a contribution to this fund may contact the above bank directly.

Samuel
03-26-05, 02:15 AM
RIP :( Hope they find the POS, preferably dead...

Michelles
03-26-05, 02:29 AM
Very sad to hear.
Rest in peace.

TripWire
03-27-05, 01:09 AM
RIP :( Hope they find the POS, preferably dead...

Seconded. :mad:

Bearcat06
03-27-05, 01:55 AM
The Pulaski County Democrat

Arrest connected to slaying of trooper

Lance Shockley, age 28, of Van Buren, was arrested in Malden in reference to a fatality leaving the scene accident which occurred in Carter County on Nov. 26, 2004, Captain B. E. Chadwick, Commanding Officer, Troop G, Willow Springs, announced March 24 . Slain Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant, Carl Dewayne Graham Jr., initially investigated the accident.

While investigating the homicide of Sergeant Graham additional information was developed concerning the fatal accident which led to Shockley's arrest. Shockley is considered a person of interest in the homicide of Sergeant Graham.

The reward offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the death of Sergeant Graham is $10,000.

The charges against Shockley are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose task is to determine guilt or innocence.

http://www.richlandmirror.com/articles/2005/03/25/pcd/news03.txt

It doesn't say, but he's been held on a 100K bond. So, he's more than a person of interest....

chris2001
04-10-05, 07:53 PM
They have actually went a head and have charged the suspect with the murder of the slain trooper. According to a professor of mine that is a Federal Prosecuter they are going to charge the case federally and they are also going after the death penalty. Will keep you posted if i find out more, or if anyone knows anything new.

christrue
04-11-05, 06:16 PM
Heart-Wrenching! :mad:

Mike Romeo
04-11-05, 07:16 PM
Heart-Wrenching! :mad:

To say the least (http://www.ksdk.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=77216)!

Video ^^^ touching stuff.

Roses
04-11-05, 09:45 PM
My condolances to his son, fiancee, family, friends and co-workers. May he rest in peace.

Bearcat06
04-11-05, 11:22 PM
They have actually went a head and have charged the suspect with the murder of the slain trooper. According to a professor of mine that is a Federal Prosecuter they are going to charge the case federally and they are also going after the death penalty. Will keep you posted if i find out more, or if anyone knows anything new.

They are not going to charge the suspect federally. No reason in the world to. The State of Missouri has Murder and Armed Criminal Action charges filed on him in Carter County Circuit Court. And they will be filing for the death penalty.


Man is charged in trooper death
By Todd C. Frankel
Of the Post-Dispatch
03/29/2005

Armed with a shotgun, a rifle and fresh directions to a state trooper's home in the Missouri Ozarks, a 28-year-old man waited for the officer to get off work and then killed him, authorities said Tuesday.

Lance Shockley knew Sgt. Carl D. Graham was looking into his role in a fatal vehicle crash months ago, police said.

Graham was shot March 20 as he stepped out of his cruiser near Van Buren, Mo. He was hit once by a rifle bullet and then at least once by a shotgun blast, authorities said.

Shockley, 28, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and armed criminal action, nine days after more than 60 state and federal agents flooded this rural area perhaps best known for its proximity to the Current River.

Shockley was already in custody Tuesday after his arrest March 23 in the fatal accident. He'd been labeled "a person of interest" by the Missouri Highway Patrol in the shooting. Shockley was at the Carter County Courthouse for a hearing in that case when the murder charge was added.

"I feel a little bit of relief," said the trooper's father, Carl D. Graham Sr. "But nothing is going to straighten all this out."

Authorities said they have not ruled out the possibility that another person was involved in the shooting.

"There are other persons of interest. We want to make sure we have everyone responsible," said Sgt. Larry Plunkett.

Plunkett emphasized the investigation was not complete.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Shockley borrowed his grandmother's red Pontiac Grand Am on March 20 and that same day asked someone for directions to Graham's residence. Police said several witnesses spotted a red Grand Am parked on a secluded gravel road just north of the trooper's home that day.

Shockley owns several firearms, including .223-caliber and .224-caliber rifles and at least one 12-gauge shotgun, according to the affidavit. A search of Shockley's house in Van Buren turned up a spent .22-caliber shell. A forensics comparison determined it matched a bullet pulled from Graham, police said.

Shockley was held Tuesday without bond at the Cape Girardeau County Jail. His family could not be reached for comment.

Graham, 37, was a 12-year veteran of the state patrol. As a zone supervisor for Carter and Reynolds counties, he was known for going after drunken drivers. He was engaged to be married. He doted on his 4-year-old son from a previous marriage.

His fiancee, Cathy Crowley, has said Graham gave no hint he believed he was in danger.

In the week before he died, Graham investigated a Nov. 26 single-vehicle accident that killed one person. Officials accused Shockley of being the driver and leaving the scene.

Graham's father said he hopes the man who killed his son gets the death penalty.

"I feel it's an eye for an eye," Graham Sr. said. "You don't hide this way, do it the way he did it and expect me to have any sympathy."


http://forums.realpolice.net/showthread.php?t=30944

Joeyd6
04-12-05, 03:08 PM
Thoughs and prayers out to the family and friends.

May Shockley get a speedy trial and express lane to Old Sparkey.

Menace
04-12-05, 04:24 PM
Shockley...Sparky...coincidence?

Bearcat06
04-12-05, 06:35 PM
Thoughs and prayers out to the family and friends.

May Shockley get a speedy trial and express lane to Old Sparkey.

Actually, Missouri has the "Three Needle Express." :)

Valor55
04-12-05, 07:14 PM
Actually, Missouri has the "Three Needle Express." :)

I think "Riding the Lightening" would be much more of a deterrent. Whatever gits 'er done!