Trooper Trevor Casper
Wisconsin State Patrol, Wisconsin
End of Watch: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Tour of Duty: 3 months
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: March 24, 2015
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and killed
Agency Contact Information
Wisconsin State Patrol
4802 Sheboygan Avenue Room 551
PO Box 7912
Madison, WI 53707
Phone: (608) 266-3212
Trooper Trevor Casper was shot and killed in Fond du Lac while attempting to apprehend a bank robbery and murder suspect at approximately 5:30 pm.
The subject was believed to have robbed a bank in Wausaukee approximately four hours earlier. Approximately one hour after the bank robbery the suspect abandoned the vehicle he was driving, murdered a citizen, and stole a second vehicle in Marinette County.
Trooper Casper located the second vehicle as it was being driven through Fond du Lac and began following it. The vehicle stopped near the intersection of U.S. 41 and West Johnson Street and the man opened fire on Trooper Casper. Trooper Casper returned fire and both he and the subject were killed.
Trooper Casper had graduated from the police academy only three months prior to the incident. He is survived by his parents and two sisters.
MADISON, Wis. (DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE NEWS RELEASE) — The Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation continues our investigation into the events that led to the tragic death of a Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in Fond du Lac.
About 5:30 p.m. in Fond du Lac, Trooper Trevor Casper was following a vehicle matching the description of the one used in a bank robbery earlier in the day in Marinette County. During an encounter, gunfire was exchanged, fatally wounding both Trooper Casper and the suspect, Steven Timothy Snyder. Notifications were made to Trooper Casper’s family in Wisconsin and Snyder’s family in Michigan.
We continue to investigate how several crimes that occurred Tuesday in both Marinette County and in the city of Fond du Lac, fit together. Autopsies on Trooper Casper and Snyder are expected to be completed today and likely will assist in determining what occurred during the confrontation.
The Department of Justice is leading this investigation and we expect to have an update by mid-afternoon today and we will share that with you via e-mail.
Trooper Trevor Casper’s official Wisconsin State Patrol photo accompanies this release. We at the Department of Justice are grieving the loss of Trooper Casper along with the entire Wisconsin law enforcement community.
MADISON, Wis. (OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR NEWS RELEASE) — Gov. Scott Walker released the following statement on the passing of Trooper Trevor Casper, who was killed in the line of duty Tuesday evening.
"Trooper Trevor Casper was killed while bravely serving his community and doing his duty to keep our citizens safe. Tonette and I are praying for Trooper Casper’s family and our thoughts are with them and the broader law enforcement community at this difficult time."
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin state trooper who was killed in a confrontation with a bank robbery suspect was a Kiel native who was active in high school sports and once made the prom court.
Trevor Casper was just 21 and three months out of the patrol training academy before Tuesday night’s shootout in Fond du Lac. Authorities say both Casper and the suspect died.
In the small town of Kiel, about 30 miles northwest of Fond du Lac, Casper graduated from high school in 2011. Superintendent Louise Blankenheim says he was a varsity wrestler and soccer player.
In Fond du Lac, flags were at half-staff and flowers had been left at the northeast region patrol headquarters where Casper was based.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WEAU) — A Wisconsin State Trooper is dead in a shootout that also killed a bank robbery suspect.
A bulletin from the State Patrol to law enforcement agencies statewide identified the trooper as 21-year-old Trevor Casper.
Tributes to the Kiel native are pouring in, including online from the Wisconsin Professional Police Association.
"Our hearts go out to his fellow officers, his friends, and especially his family," the group says. "Though Trooper Casper wore the badge, his service to this state was not a solitary endeavor. May we never forget his sacrifice and that of his loved ones who shared and supported his devotion to our common security."
Casper was a graduate of the 60th Recruit Class and joined the State Patrol in December of 2014.
Police believe the suspect who fatally shot the 21-year-old, also shot and killed a 60-year-old driver in an encounter earlier that day.
The shooting in Fond du Lac erupted around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, after Casper followed the suspect’s vehicle.
Investigators believe the man robbed a bank in Wausaukee, about 130 miles to the north, around 2 p.m.
Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve says deputies found the body of a man in his 60s near a running pickup truck along a road east of Wausaukee, about an hour after the bank robbery.
Authorities believe the suspect encountered the 60-year-old driver and shot him.
The state Department of Justice said its Division of Criminal Investigation is now handling the case, looking into several crimes that occurred Tuesday in Marinette County and in Fond du Lac, including the death of Casper.
"We cannot confirm at this time definitively how these crimes fit together but investigators are working to provide an accurate timeline of events," the department said in a statement late Tuesday.
DCI’s Dave Matthews said at a news conference it will be a "large and comprehensive" investigation, but is too early to provide more information.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WTMJ) — A Wisconsin State Patrol trooper was killed in a shooting in Fond du Lac Tuesday evening, a high-ranking state official confirmed to WTMJ-TV.
It happened near the Pick ‘n Save at U.S. 41 and W. Johnson St. in Fond du Lac.
Fond du Lac Police say the trooper was following a vehicle that matched the description for a suspect wanted in a bank robbery. Contact was made between the two, and both the trooper and the suspect were killed after an exchange of gunfire.
The Department of Justice is helping to investigate the case.