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Final Report on Wisconsin Trooper's Murder Shows He Killed His Attacker

July 24, 2015  | 

Trooper Trevor Casper was murdered by Steven Snyder. The mortally wounder Casper shot and killed Snyder as he died. (Photos: Wisconsin Troopers Association & Newaygo County SheriffÂ’s Office)
Trooper Trevor Casper was murdered by Steven Snyder. The mortally wounder Casper shot and killed Snyder as he died. (Photos: Wisconsin Troopers Association & Newaygo County SheriffÂ’s Office)

It was near the end of his first solo shift on March 24 when Wisconsin State Trooper Trevor Casper faced a life-or-death decision. After following a suspect into the city, he was ambushed by Steven Snyder of Michigan, a serial bank robber responsible for at least nine holdups in three states. Just hours earlier, Snyder had robbed a Wausaukee bank and murdered another man.

Snyder started shooting while both men were still in their vehicles.

The gunbattle lasted only about 17 seconds. During that time, a heavily armed Snyder fired nine times and Casper, who was struck three times, fired 12 shots, Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney said Thursday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Mortally wounded, Casper, 21, killed Snyder with just one shot in what was "no doubt" a justifiable trooper shooting, Toney said.

"Trevor Casper did more in 17 seconds than most will do in a lifetime and is undeniably a hero," Toney said at a Thursday news conference, where he was joined by Wisconsin State Patrol leaders.

Comments (5)

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kevCopAz @ 7/25/2015 10:22 AM

Sad we lost such a brave and capable officer on his first day. Good work son, you went out like a brave, well trained police officer. Others should note, one well placed shot by this brave officer ended the string of criminal murderous behavior by this thug, who had to shoot 17 rounds to kill the officer. Rest in peace Brother.

Jon Retired LEO @ 7/25/2015 2:43 PM

Rest in Peace Trooper Casper. May God bless your family and the Wisconsin State Patrol. You took this piece of cowardly garbage with you thereby saving the state having to prosecute him with who knows what the verdict might have been. All of the perps rights can be buried with him. Good Riddance!

Brian @ 7/25/2015 3:25 PM

Good Job Trooper! RIP

Kojack58 @ 7/26/2015 2:29 PM

We lost a brave trooper to this scum bag. However he did the job he was trained to do. Godspeed Trooper Casper.

Stephen @ 8/5/2015 4:13 AM

God bless you. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall inherit the Kingdom of God.

Trp. NC SHP (Ret)

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