[Graphic Audio] Dashcam: Texas DPS Trooper Randy Vetter shot dead by man after routine traffic stop

Trooper Randall Wade Vetter
Texas Department of Public Safety -
Texas Highway Patrol
End of Watch: Monday, August 7, 2000

Biographical Info
Age: 28
Tour of Duty: 6 years
Badge Number: 8243
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Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Thursday, August 3, 2000
Weapon Used: Rifle
Suspect Info: Convicted of murder

Trooper Vetter died from a gunshot wound he received 4 days earlier while conducting a traffic stop.

Trooper Vetter had stopped 72-year-old driver Melvin Edison Hale of Kyle for not wearing a seatbelt.
While he was sitting in his patrol car, the suspect exited his vehicle and opened fire with a rifle.

The trooper was struck in the head. Trooper Vetter was able to return fire but did not hit the suspect.

The suspect then used the patrol car's radio to say he shot the officer and then attempted to flee the scene.

An off duty officer who was passing by, witnessed the shooting and alerted other officers.

The suspect was then taken into custody after a brief standoff on the roadway.

The suspect was known to local officers for claiming he would shoot any officer who tried to write him a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt. The suspect was convicted of murder.

Trooper Vetter had been with the Texas Department of Public Safety for six years, and is survived by his wife and eight-month-old son.


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