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Bud Cline 09-27-2002 06:07 PM

Well by now you have all heard about the three guys that in 40 seconds shot and killed five innocent people inside a bank lobby in Norfolk Nebraska yesterday.

Have you also heard about the Nebraska Stae Trooper that today shot and killed himself?

Seems this Trooper last week made a traffic stop on one of the killers. The killer at that time was in posession of a 9mm handgun (concealed).

The gun was in fact reported stolen but unfortunately when the Trooper called-in the guns serial number to his dispatch he transposed two numbers of the serial number. This transposition in fact caused the serial number to come back "no record of stolen".

The killer was at that timed arrested and his concealed gun was confiscated. The killer later that day was allowed to "bond-out" but the gun remains in police custody today. It wasn't learned that the gun was a stolen gun until after the murders, someone double checked the serial numbers and the error of the Trooper was discovered.

This particular weapon was not used in the murders but guns like it were.


The hearts of my family go out to the victims and the Troopers families.

This transposition of serial numbers was more than this Trooper could handle emotionally. He told fellow officers that he felt responsible for the killings.

http://66.180.7.47/np_0/medium/927sqzach.jpgNebraska State Trooper Mark Zach (1967-2002)

Newspaper Account of Robbery



[Edited by Bud Cline on 09-27-2002 at 10:57 PM]

IBJT 09-27-2002 07:02 PM

That's a sad story.

M^&*^% F$^&#@% criminals!

stullis 09-27-2002 08:51 PM

Well said IBJT!

That is too bad he felt suicide was the answer!

It never is! :(

My sympathies go out to the victims, trooper and the families.

At least they caught the bastards!

[Edited by stullis on 09-27-2002 at 11:42 PM]

flatfloor 09-28-2002 04:04 PM

Terrible, and I read he left 6 kids and his wife.

John Bridge 09-28-2002 08:43 PM

It's terrible, the whole thing. But suicide has always seemed sort of futile to me. Certainly doesn't right the wrong. :)

Bud Cline 09-28-2002 09:51 PM

I'm sure the Trooper was troubled by many things, no one will ever know.

Sonnie Layne 09-30-2002 02:00 AM

Well now, Bud...

I knew sooner or later your vocal talents would strike a note to a chord that meant something to me.

I'm sorry that I'm not there for the survivors to talk to them and explain it's not their fault. Surely someone is there for them. Hope they're life-time friends, cause this pain is something that doesn't go away.

John Bridge 09-30-2002 06:26 AM

I read in the paper this morning that no money is missing from the bank. They got nothing. Walked in and openened fire and then left.

Bud Cline 09-30-2002 07:49 AM

Appears now to have been a sensless pre-meditated massacre. A cruel atrocity.


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