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MO State Hwy. Patrol trooper killed in crash while on duty


A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper was killed in the line of duty on Friday morning, Aug. 28.

Colonel J. Bret Johnson, superintendent of the highway patrol, announced the death of Trooper James M. Bava, 25, as a result of a one-vehicle crash in Audrain County.

According to the highway patrol, at 8:29 a.m., Bava radioed that he saw a motorcyclist commit a traffic violation on Missouri Route FF in Audrain County. A few minutes later, communications operators at Troop F headquarters tried to contact Bava by radio and did not receive a response.

At 8:35 a.m., Troop F received a report of a MSHP vehicle crash on Route FF, just east of Audrain Road 977.

Emergency responders arrived on scene and confirmed Bava had been killed in the crash.

The investigation into the incident continues by the patrol's Major Crash Investigation Unit.

"Trooper Bava took an oath to serve and protect the people of Missouri," Col. Johnson said. "Today, he made the ultimate sacrifice in carrying out that sacred oath. The entire Patrol family mourns the loss of our brave and dedicated colleague, and we send our prayers and support to Trooper Bava's family, friends and those who worked most closely with him."

Gov. Jay Nixon released the following statement:

“The death of Trooper Bava is a reminder of the dangers that the members of Missouri’s law enforcement community face each time they put on their uniforms, and how they willingly put themselves in harm’s way,” Gov. Nixon said. “We join his family, friends and colleagues in mourning his death, and the flags at half-staff will honor Trooper Bava’s service and sacrifice.”

The Governor has ordered the U.S. and state flags at all Missouri State Highway Patrol facilities to be immediately lowered to half-staff, through the date of Trooper Bava's funeral. After a funeral date is set, Gov. Nixon will order flags statewide to fly at half-staff on that day.

Appointed to the Missouri State Highway Patrol on July 1, 2013, Bava was a member of the patrol's 97th Recruit Class. He is the 31st member of the patrol to lose his life in the line of duty.

Trooper Bava is survived by his parents, two sisters, a brother and a half-sister.

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