Trooper killed outside his home

Tuesday, March 22, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 7:01 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 9, 2008

VAN BUREN — Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers were mourning the death of one of their own Monday and trying to find out who killed Sgt. Carl Dewayne Graham.

Graham, 37, a divorced father of a 4-year-old son, was found shot to death in front of his rural southeast Missouri home about 5:15 p.m. Sunday. A passer-by saw the body and called the patrol, said Roger Stottlemyre, superintendent of the patrol.

Graham had completed his shift and was still in uniform. Though Graham was home at the time of the shooting, the patrol characterized his death as in the line of duty, making him the 24th state trooper to die on the job.

No suspects were in custody. The patrol and several other law enforcement agencies were investigating.

Sgt. Marty Elmore of the Missouri Highway Patrol Troop G called Graham “a great guy … just a very hard-working, aggressive officer.”

The shooting left this town of 850 residents shaken. Float Stream restaurant owner Janet Jackson said she was nervous about the fact a killer was on the loose.

“I never lock my doors, but I went home last night and locked my doors,” Jackson said.

Graham had been with the patrol 12 years. He was zone supervisor for Carter and Reynolds counties.

Graham was born in St. Charles County and graduated from Dexter High School in 1986. Graham joined the Highway Patrol in 1993. He was promoted to corporal in 1999 and became a sergeant in 2002.

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