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- Nov. 07, 1978 -
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Utah Highway Patrol Patch
Resided: UT, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Nov. 07, 1978
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 29 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Utah Highway Patrol
4501 South 2700 West  
Salt Lake City, UT   84114   USA
(801)965-4518
County: Salt Lake
Dept. Type: Municiple/Police
Hero's Rank: Trooper
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
Agency URL: Click Here
On The Job: 4 years
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: UT   USA   Tue. Nov. 07, 1978
Summary: Trooper Pierson was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on Highway 20 north of Panguitch. Unbeknownst to Trooper Pierson, the vehicle had been stolen and the driver, a fugitive from Illinois, had just stolen gas from a service station. While talking to the driver, the man suddenly produced a .357 caliber handgun and shot Trooper Pierson in the chest. Trooper Pierson was able to return fire as the suspect fled but did not strike him. The suspect was apprehended following a high speed pursuit and his attempt to crash through a police road block near Beaver.

The 18 year-old suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life on July 19, 1979.

Trooper Pierson, son of a Utah State Trooper, had been with the agency for four years and was survived by his expectant wife, daughter, and two sons.

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