Sgt. Robert G. Kimberling, a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper based in St. Joseph, was killed on Oct. 6, 1999, while on duty. He was a 14-year veteran of the patrol. He was shot by a mentally ill man from Wisconsin who drove away from a Faucett, MO, gas station without paying for $26 worth of gas. The Wisconsin man then killed himself.
Sgt. Kimberling was born and raised in Jamesport, MO, and graduated from its high school.
According to the highway patrol as of 2018, a total of 31 troopers have died in the line of duty, three by aircraft accident, seven by automobile crash, one by drowning, nine by gunfire, five by being struck by a vehicle, one by vehicle pursuit, four by vehicular assault, and one by weather/natural disaster. K-9 Reed, a police dog, died in the line of duty, by drowning.